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Calcutta University will take a second look at a long-pending demand of B.Tech students to increase the duration of the course from three to four years to make it professionally more viable. The proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the CU syndicate. Several public sector undertakings (PSUs) refuse to recruit technology graduates from Calcutta University because the B.Tech course is of three years (six semesters), a year less than in most other institutes.
Around 100 students of tech departments of Calcutta University held a sit-in in front of the chamber of Amit Roy, the science secretary of the university on Monday 2nd April. They also gheraoed, vice-chancellor, Suranjan Das and registrar Basab Chowdhury: on the Rajabazar Science College campus. “Our course was exclusively designed to orient students for further research. So, this course is academically different from other B.Tech courses. Without a change in policy, we can't just convert the course into eight semesters”, Das said. “If the matter is taken up in the next syndicate meeting, we will look into it. However, the last syndicate meeting in 2011 had ruled out the proposal,” Das told Metro. Last year, too, students had organised protests on the issue. Das had written to some PSUs, urging them to treat B.Tech students from CU on a par with students who have a four-year B.Tech degree. CU pro vice-chancellor (academic) Dhrubojyoti Chatterjee told Metro the varsity would write to companies this year as well. Students also alleged that the placement cell was not functioning properly. They demanded appointment of a permanent placement officer. “I have asked the head of the computer science department to liaise with pro vice-chancellor (business affairs) Mamata Ray and registrar Basab Chowdhury to ensure effective running of the cell. However, a permanent placement officer cannot be appointed as the government has not yet sanctioned the post despite a proposal we submitted two years ago,” Das said. Gherao: About 100 students of Jaipuria College gheraoed the principal, Ashok Mukherjee, from 4 PM to 8.30 PM on Tuesday 3rd April. Demanding that they be allowed to write the Part I examinations despite failed the selection test.
Courtesy: The Telegraph
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