SRINAGAR: The decision of the University Grants Commission not to allow opening of new engineering colleges, besides a halt on adding new courses or increase the intake capacity in existing courses for 2014-15 has been opposed by the many Punjab based educational Institutes.
The UGC in its recent decision said that no new college will come up in during 2014-15 academic year in the country. The decision apparently has been taken to balance the intake in the colleges rather than a few colleges benefiting.
In Punjab alone, more than 30 existing colleges have applied for increases in intake of students and few colleges are also coming up. However, the new decision according to those running these educational institutes, has hit the approval process.
Many of the colleges have completed the infrastructure and were planning to operate from this year.
Chairman of Aryans Group of Colleges Chandigarh, Dr Anshu Kataria said that one year moratorium is a good decision but criticized its timing.
“Many educationists have already created infrastructure to start new courses or add seats in existing and the government for this year should have allowed with this decision taken next year,” he said.
JS Bajaj, Chairman Bajaj Engineering College Ludhiana, said that it was coming up with a world class engineering college near Mullanputhe and the UGC decision has come as surprise. UGC should withdraw its circular else we will knock the door of court.
Gurdeep Singh, President, GNA IMT Phagwara said we are shocked to hear that UGC has issued such notification. He appealed UGC to reconsider this decision.
“We have a decade of expertise in education sector and this year we are starting engineering courses and have already made presentation in the Punjab Technical University,” he said adding that their entire infrastructure is ready for inspection, but this decision has shocked them.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India had shifted the task of affiliation for engineering colleges from AICTE to UGC in 2014-15.