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Tech varsity plea to govt

The West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) has decided to focus only on engineering courses and request the government to relieve it from overseeing institutes offering undergraduate programmes in subjects like hospitality management and business administration.

Sabyasachi Sengupta, the vice-chancellor of the university, told Metro that a decision in this regard had already been taken in principle.

“The proposal will be sent to the government in a few days for approval after the academic council ratifies it. The council meeting will be convened once the government’s embargo on taking policy decisions by state universities is lifted,” said Sengupta.

According to him, WBUT cannot monitor these programmes because the university lacks skilled personnel needed to oversee the running of these courses. The professional courses are run in 80 management colleges, said a university official.

WBUT was set up in 2001 to act as an affiliating university to private engineering colleges. Later, it started giving affiliation to institutes offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in professional courses such as hospitality management.

“We don’t have the experts to inspect the colleges which offer such courses. The university has not yet framed the norms by which to measure whether the colleges have the facilities to provide hands-on training,” said Sengupta.

The university, said the vice-chancellor, also does not have skilled personnel to design course contents for these professional courses, technically known as “non-AICTE” courses, as these are not approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the country’s apex body of technical courses.

“Though WBUT was asked to run both engineering and professional courses, the government, over the years, gave thrust on running only the engineering courses. I am worried about the future of the students studying these non-AICTE courses,” the vice-chancellor said.

An official of the technical education department at Bikash Bhaban said the department would have to work out a strategy as to who would run these “non-AICTE” courses if these were no longer offered by the varsity.

The director of technical education, Sajal Dasgupta, refused to comment on the issue.

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