Despite All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) guidelines stipulating that no technical courses shall be offered by any institution without its approval,the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has opened admissions for an MTech programme in Food Processing Technology for the coming academic year even before it applied to the AICTE for approval.
The course,admissions for which opened on Wednesday,is to be offered by the Universitys School of Biotechnology and will admit 20 students. But the Dean of the Department of Biotechnology,admitted to Newsline that no approval has been sought for the course from the AICTE.
We are preparing to apply for AICTE approval. It will take two-three months but we will get it, said Dr R K Gupta,Dean of GGSIPUs University School of Biotechnology.
As per AICTE rules,outlined clearly in its approval process handbook, No Institution shall offer Technical program or course without approval of the Council. Institutions running any programme/course in Technical education in violation of regulations shall be liable to appropriate initiation of penal civil action…, the AICTE rules stated.
Meanwhile,faculty members of the School of Biotechnology alleged that the course was passed by the Universitys Academic Council without approval of the Board of Studies,the department-level statutory body whose approval is mandatory before any proposal for a new course is tabled before higher bodies like the University Academic Council.
The proposal does not have the approval of the Board of Studies. No such meeting was called before the course was hurriedly passed in the Academic Council. The School of Biotechnology does not have the required faculty strength nor does it have the infrastructure required for such a course. None of the 12 teachers in the department have a PhD in Food Processing Technology. We had pointed this out to the University Administration including the Vice-Chancellor, said a senior professor at the School.
Gupta,however,said the department was equipped. We have faculty and infrastructure as per AICTE norms. We have a total of six professors who have research experience in the field who will teach the course and more will be recruited, he said.