Around 100 students of the BE+MBA integrated course (5 years) at Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (SSBUICET) protested outside the vice-chancellor’s office at Panjab University Tuesday.
The students demanded for an option to allow them to opt out of the integrated programme after a period of four years. “If need be, we should be allowed to leave the course after completing four years of engineering. Right now, the course offers us a single degree,” said Arshdeep, a student of SSBUICET.
“Sometimes, students have valid reasons such as selection in civil services or a college for MTech. Even in such cases, the students are not allowed to leave the course after completing BE,” said Aarthik Patel, another student. The students demanded that the authorities act on their demand at the earliest, as many fourth-year students were already preparing for competitive exams.
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The students also argued that the department did not even have a full-time faculty for the MBA programme. In addition to this, they raised their concerns over the problem of eligibility in placements faced by the students of the integrated course.
“For many chemical engineering companies, we are considered over-qualified. We are also not really deemed fit for placements in management roles either,” Arshdeep added.
PU authorities, however, have said that the demand made by the students will be taken into consideration.