With the state government granting permission for the Indus University,the number of technical universities in the private sector has gone up to eight in the state.
Indus University is run by the Bhandari Charitable trust that also runs the Indus Institute of Technology and Engineering (IITE).
Officials in the state Education Department say technical institutions getting elevated to the status of a university is a new trend in the state.
Though none of the officials in the state government were ready to comment on why the technical institutes are seeking the university status,the directorate of technical education (DTE) officials said it allowed full autonomy for preparing syllabus and conducting examinations of their own.
DTE officials said while the technical universities would still require the permission of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for starting B.Tech and M.Tech courses,they would not require such permission from any authority for B.Sc and M.Sc programmes in areas like information technology,computers and aviation which were in high demand and students were ready to pay any amount.
So,B.Sc and M.Sc programmes are as a good as any other technical courses for the institutes as the latter have the freedom to charge the fees according to their own whims and fancies without meeting AICTE norms, said a DTE official on conditions of anonymity.
A senior official at Gujarat Technological University (GTU) said by virtue of being a university,the institutes got the right to conduct their own examinations and it was observed that the performance of students improved after the institutes conversion into universities. And this advantage helped the universities to attract students,the official said.
Indus University Vice-Chancellor D P Girdhar said his varsity was going to add two new courses BE in Civil Engineering and BE in Electrical Engineering from the current academy session. Besides,it is also launching two-year M.Sc programme in Information Technology and three-year B.Sc course in civil aviation.