One of our previous news articles regarding some DU colleges offering B.Tech course without the approval of AICTE raised many eyebrows. If you are one of the students who were impacted by this news, this latest news might cheer you up.
Much to the relief of thousands of students enrolled in the concerned courses, the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has decided to stretch the deadline for the colleges to get the approval of their B.Tech courses. This decision is expected to come as a major sigh of relief to 24 DU colleges.
The previous deadline of 20th February has now been extended up to 27th February. The official notification in this regard said "As per the requests received from several institutions and associations, the last date for acceptance of online application with processing fee has been extended till February 27, 2015,"
This would also provide some breathing space to DU which has come under attack from all sides for allowing these colleges to offer B.Tech without the necessary approvals from AICTE in place.
Last week, DU issued instructions to all the concerned principals to get their act together and ensure that all the approvals are in place as soon as possible.
The FYUP (Four year undergraduate program) saw the launching of B.Tech programs in different fields including Food Technology, Polymer Science, Computer Science, Electronics and Instrumentation Electronics. The courses were in a limbo after the FYUP was called off post the intervention by UGC.
To revert the damage, UGC directed the DU to continue with these five courses for the students admitted in the session 2013-14. It also directed DU to ensure that the colleges seek necessary approvals from the AICTE.
A number of students belonging to the colleges in question approached Smriti Irani, seeking her intervention in the matter. The students were assured of a timely resolution.
The DU, on the other hand, has denied any delays on its part.
This extension in the deadline can save the future of thousands of students who could end with a non credible degree if the colleges let the extended deadline pass away as well.