|Students attend a class at BIT-Sindri (top) in Dhanbad on Thursday. Pictures by Gautam Dey
Vinoba Bhave University’s (VBU) failure to renew affiliation of three private engineering colleges has not only affected the academic schedule of the institutes, but also that of BIT-Sindri.
The lone state-run engineering college of Jharkhand had to indefinitely defer its first and third semester exams for BTech students — originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, respectively — as the tests in the other three cradles cannot be held now in the absence of affiliation.
This is because VBU rules say that exams of all engineering colleges under it ought to be held simultaneously, for which BIT-Sindri teachers set question papers.
The cancellation of the exams is naturally having a ripple effect on other activities on the Sindri campus like vocational training, sports, cultural programmes of various clubs and of course, placements.
Guru Govind Singh Engineering and Management College at Chas, Bokaro; Ram Govind Institute of Technology, Koderma; and KK College of Engineering and Management Govindpur, Dhanbad, need to renew their affiliation every year.
Though the three applied for fresh recognition after their affiliation expired two months ago, the university is yet to take up the matter. VBU is without a full-time vice chancellor since last August. Hence, several key decisions are pending.
BIT-Sindri and University College of Engineering and Technology (UCET)-Hazaribagh, which is also under VBU, enjoy permanent affiliation.
“Normally, the first and third semester exams should have started mid-December and ended by the first week of January. We were preparing accordingly, but the university could not announce the dates in December, as it wanted to conduct the exams of all engineering colleges together,” said a senior teacher of VBU.
Finally, the university authorities decided to conduct the exams on Friday and Saturday, but postponed them because of the delay in granting affiliation to the private colleges.
BIT-Sindri’s director S.K. Singh agreed. “Any further delay in conducting the exams would adversely affect students’ careers as we have had to postpone the vocational training originally scheduled in January,” he added.
Singh revealed they had suggested that BIT-Sindri be allowed to conduct its own exam while the other engineering colleges hold them later. But, the university did not agree.
“We may have to cut down on the summer vacation in order to regularise the session and compensate for the loss of study,” he added.
When contacted, VBU controller of examinations A.M. Siddiqui said: “The affiliation committee’s meeting is scheduled tomorrow (Friday), where the issue is likely to be settled after which the exam schedule of all engineering colleges will be announced. We are also concerned about the delay in conducting the exams of BIT-Sindri and will try to fix a final schedule for all colleges.”
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