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Dual degree, zero planning

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 17: Students pursuing the Masters of Applied Management, a dual degree programme that was launched last year, are going through a rough time as officials of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) allegedly continue to be indifferent to their problems.

Authorities of at least 10 colleges, which have started the programme, have also complained that the university has failed to streamline basic requirements for running the integrated dual degree course approved by the All India Council of Technical Education.

“Despite several requests, the BPUT has not provided an academic calendar for the programme, while all other technical and professional courses under the varsity have a calendar and function accordingly. This has led to a lot of confusion among students,” said Soumendra Padhi, owner of a private college.

Students alleged that despite applying for rechecking of some of their exam papers in various subjects by depositing the requisite fee, they have got no response.

“I did well in my exams but the scores were much below my expectations. I had applied for a photocopy of my answer script as per procedure, but the university did not entertain my request,” said Prerana Jena, a student.

The private colleges rued that they were being compelled by the university to deposit the answer sheets of exams held on their respective campuses.

“We have to bear the additional cost and risk of handing over the answer scripts to the varsity office in Rourkela,” said Pratap Sarangi, proprietor of a private college running the course.

Sarangi said the university should make arrangements to deposit the answer sheets at the BPUT camp office in Bhubaneswar.

Colleges also complained that the BPUT authorities were dilly-dallying in issuing their letters of affiliation, which has been leading to a lot of difficulty in complying with financial institutions.

The students have urged the university officials to immediately start functioning of the recently-launched central placement cell to ensure employment for them.

The BPUT authorities, however, said efforts were on to bring things on track.