Tejas Patel, who has done his MTech (Energy Systems) from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and currently teaching in self-financed Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, has been declared unqualified to be selected as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering in government engineering colleges in Gujarat.
Patel said that he appeared at recruitment tests for the post of assistant professors in electrical engineering for state government engineering colleges conducted by the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) twice — in March 2015 and July 2015. He cleared the written tests both the times but did not get calls for the interview. Faculty recruitment in government engineering colleges is done through GPSC only.
On inquiries from GPSC, he was told that his MTech in Energy Systems Engineering from IITB was not considered equivalent to MTech (Electrical Engineering) as per the list of Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). Patel said that he might lose the opportunity to join a government college in such a situation. The minimum qualification to teach in an engineering qualification is MTech from a govt-recognised institute.
He also submitted a certificate from IITB’s academic programme dean Rangan Banerjee which says: “An MTech in Energy Systems Engineering is recognised worldwide as post-graduate qualification relevant for Electrical Engineering”’. “I am suffering because of no fault of mine,” says Patel. When asked, Commissioner (Technical Education) Anis Mankad, said : “We have a government resolution (GR) with regard to various courses of different universities and institutes which are equivalent to electrical engineering courses. This problem has arisen because IITB’s energy systems engineering course may not be there in the list”. “But I would look into the matter and get the GR updated to ensure that no one suffers,” said Mankad.