Sido Kanhu Murmu University
Dumka, July 12: The syndicate of Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU) has resolved to form a one-man committee of pro vice chancellor Ramyatan Sinha to persuade BTech students of Godda College to reconsider their demand for refund of course fees.
The syndicate took the decision in its meeting presided over by vice chancellor M. Basheer Ahmad Khan yesterday.
As many as 16 BTech students of Godda College have been demanding refund of the first instalment of Rs 42,100, of a total course fee of Rs 2.27 lakh, fearing lack of infrastructure and more importantly recognition of the programme by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
Apart from the Godda institute, the varsity had also introduced the course at SP College in Dumka last year along with a number of self-financed courses in various constituent colleges without prior approval of nodal agencies including AICTE and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The NCTE nod is needed for starting BEd and MEd courses.
Questions have also been raised over the quality of infrastructure and faculty strength in the colleges.
Incidentally, the BTech students of SP College have not been asking for refund of the course fees. But they submitted a statement to the VC yesterday apprising him of the lack of facilities including teachers and classrooms, besides a delayed start to the session.
“We find ourselves stranded in the middle as the varsity administration has not been serious about providing quality education, let alone getting recognition from AICTE,” said Rintu Dhibar, a BTech student of SP College.
The examinations for the first semester of BTech, which was due in December last, was conducted in June. The exams for practical are yet to be held, though the varsity was supposed to prepare the calendar for the second semester by now.
The VC stuck to his stand that universities need not secure prior approval from agencies such as AICTE and NCTE for introducing new courses.
“The Supreme Court had already given a judgment that universities need not secure approval from the nodal agencies so long as they introduced the courses as faculty of education,” Khan said.