State-run engineering college BIT-Sindri is all set to re-apply for academic autonomy from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Confirming the decision to renew the bid for autonomy, BIT-Sindri director S.K. Singh said: “Autonomy will lessen the burden on the institute, which currently is overloaded with the task of evaluation and academic work of other engineering colleges, including private ones.”
For the purpose, the tech cradle is planning to revive its highest-decision making body — board of governors.
The 10-member board of governors, headed by M.P. Singh, former vice chancellor of Vinoba Bhave University (VBU), to which the college is affiliated to, has not functioned since it was reconstituted on November 16. 2011.
The sole meeting of the present board was held on January 21, 2012. All members were present, but none of the decisions was implemented.
Autonomy will help the cradle frame syllabi, launch new courses such as MBA and fix exam dates on its own.
“Academic autonomy will open a new vista for the institute. It can also bag prestigious research projects from industries that involve students and faculty,” the director added.
Regarding the board’s revival, the director, who is also one of its members, said that once chairman M.P. Singh returns from his foreign tour, a meeting would be convened.
“Approval of certain decisions taken earlier, such as the hike in electricity bill fee of hostel students from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per annum and new decisions like increase in hostel charges, will be taken at the meeting,” the director said.
Earlier, BIT-Sindri’s efforts for autonomy went for a toss as students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the college opposed the proposal before the visiting UGC team in October, 2012.
The UGC took the non-cooperation from existing faculty members seriously and declined to grant autonomy to the cradle.