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Making a mockery of university regulations, many self-financing engineering colleges affiliated to Calicut University have been conducting courses that don't even have a basic syllabus. Though the courses are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the university syndicate, the university does not have a proper syllabus of the courses offered by these colleges. This affects the timely conduct of examination as the Pareekha Bhavan is unable to prepare question papers without knowing the syllabus.
A top university official said two colleges have been conducting M.Tech courses without a proper syllabus or curriculum. Therefore, the students of these courses are unable to appear for their exams in May unless the university draws up a syllabus for the courses offered. Meanwhile, the university has set up an expert committee to ensure proper curriculum and syllabus for all courses approved by the syndicate before April 30. K. A. Siraj, syndicate member and chairman of the newly-formed committee, said a college has been offering M.Tech course in Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) from 2011 onwards. But it doesn't have a proper syllabus till date. The last date for submission of applications for the first semester M.Tech examination is April 20. K. P. Muraleedharan, dean of commerce and management studies, said the issue was not limited to engineering courses alone. There are several instances of self-financing colleges starting courses without proper curriculum and syllabus. "The deans of faculty and board of studies often come to know of a new course started by a college when the Pareeksha Bhavan asks for the approved syllabus to set the question papers," he said. He said there have been instances in which colleges have advertised new courses without even applying for university approval. Muraleedharan said normally the engineering colleges should have the curriculum and syllabus approved by the various university bodies like board of studies, faculty, academic council and finally by the vice-chancellor before commencing the course. But often the institution secures AICTE approval by presenting a draft syllabus and starts classes. The matter is also overlooked by the concerned university authorities, he said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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