With affiliation of their degree courses under question, VIT students appeal to Prakash Javadekar

The students, who met the minister at his residence in Kothrud, detailed the problems they are facing because the affiliation of the degree courses they were studying is now under question.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune | Updated: October 31, 2016 11:30 am
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A GROUP of students from the city’s Vishwakarma Institute of Technology’s (VIT) Vishwakarma Creative I-college approached Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday for help regarding the uncertain future of their degree course, in which no exams have been conducted in the last year.

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The students, who met the minister at his residence in Kothrud, detailed the problems they are facing because the affiliation of the degree courses they were studying is now under question. VIT was offering the courses through an affiliation with Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) but the latter has been asked by the University Grants Commission (UGC) not to offer courses outside the state.

Speaking to Newsline, one of the students, who requested anonymity, said, “We took admission in 2013-14 and have given four semester exams. At the time of admission, the college had promised that we would get the degree from Tilak Maharashtra University. Later it was changed to Punjab Technical University and in second semester of first year, it became KSOU.” Now, even that affiliation does not exist, said the student, leaving them in uncertainty.

A third-year student of BSc, Interior Designing said many students in the batch, fearing for the future of the degree, had taken admission in traditional courses. “I am also pursuing a course in Vastushastra as it is related to Interior Design. Had everything gone as per schedule, we would have given our exams and passed out by now,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Union Minister said that he will speak to officials at the University Grants Commission (UGC) about this case. “The UGC stopped affiliation with technical course degrees through open universities as in some courses, laboratory work or technical skills are needed which cannot be offered. However, in this case, I will check if the students took admission before the UGC cancelled the affiliation. If that is true, then these students should be allowed to write the exams and get degrees,” he said.

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