An Open Letter to the Honorable Chancellor of Varsities

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Esteemed Sir,

With great reverence and regards, I would like to bring to your kind notice the plight of Diploma Engineering Students of J&K Division. I hope you will spare sometime out of your busy schedule to go through this letter. After the political dispensation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, your Excellency has taken some extraordinary decisions which political regimes cannot dare to think about. And , such moves have brought pleasant changes in the administrative councils.
A year ago, the Human Resource Development Ministry had agreed to the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s proposal for lateral entry admissions in Engineering Programmes under the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme PMSSS for those students who will get admitted in Engineering Colleges and Universities outside the state. Also, the HRD Ministry has given a go-ahead to state’s Higher Education Department to start classes in the newly-approved two Engineering colleges at Safapora , Ganderbal in Kashmir Division and at Kathua, in Jammu division.
In the 2012 academic session, the J&K State Government approved Diploma Engineering Colleges in every district, from where hundreds of candidates annually passed out. After passing the Engineering Diploma, the candidates want to join Bachelors of Engineering Programme through the Lateral Entry Mode (LEET) in which Diploma Engineering candidates are directly admitted in 3rd semester of Bachelors of Engineering Programme. But, the intake capacity of seats for B- Tech LEET in every Engineering College and University in J&K is 5 to 10 seats, for which thousands of candidates annually appeared in the Entrance Examination.
Some how many candidates who are financially sound move outside the state and get admitted in some private Engineering College, but those candidates whose financial background is not sound were unable to fulfill their dreams. The irony is that until now the J&K state Government has not put any proposal on board for LEET admissions in state Universities by increasing the intake capacity of seats.
From couple of years a large number of students have put forth this issue before concerned officials, but in my view, the concerned state governments resorted to adamant and biased attitude which aggravated the miseries and plight of Diploma Engineering students. Their bizarre statements and cunning tactics have put their case in the cold chamber.
The former PDP-BJP led state cabinet had approved the cluster Universities, besides that they have given a nod for academic activities in newly established Government Engineering Colleges. But a particular section of students are yet to see the resolution of their genuine and legitimate demands. Time and again, the Diploma Engineering Students are betrayed by the people at the helm of affairs. It is very obnoxious and unpleasant for Diploma Engineering students to hit the roads for their legal rights which consequently sometimes lead to a law and order situation.
In today’s era the Information Technology sector, Mass communication, Broadcasting Engineering, Bio-Medical Engineering and Cyber Law is rising in Engineering sector, as it has brought about a drastic change in the way of human civilization exists today. So, concentrated and collaborative efforts are needed for expanding the intake capacity of seats, Up-gradation of Engineering Branches and infrastructure Development, as the Economic progress of the nation is strongly linked with quality Education with values for all. It is therefore necessary for the state’s Higher Education Department to undertake periodic review of infrastructure Development in Engineering Programmes, to ensure the content of our Technical Education Programmes are up to date to fulfill the technological requirements.
The demand for Technical Education has been increased in recent years, as industrialization is increasing gradually to boost the skill oriented youth globally. As the data available with theMinistry of Human Resource Development that the enrolment has increased more than 50% in the past decade and now exceed 150 million worldwide, with more than half of the students coming for emerging market countries.
I, on behalf of thousands of Diploma Engineering students of J&K Division, request your Excellency to resolve this issue without any further delay. I hope your Excellency being as a Chancellor of all state universities will take this issue along with whole administrative machinery, to increase the intake capacity of seats In B-Tech Lateral Entry Engineering Programme in state Universities and Engineering Colleges.

In Anticipation,

—The author can be reached at: peerzadakhalid1545@gmail.com