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Students of Parala Maharaja Engineering College (PMEC) on 27th Monday boycotted their classes and staged a dharna on the college premises at Sitalapali, on the outskirts of the town. The undergraduate students of the government-run engineering college have launched an agitation for an indefinite period as their institution is yet to get All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval. They feared that they would be deprived of a government job and also cannot pursue higher studies if their institution is not approved by the AITCE.
"We have demanded AICTE approval for the institution many times in the past. On 28th May, we had approached the vice-chancellor of Biju Patnaik University Technology (BPUT). He assured us the institute would get the approval," said the agitating students. "We will continue our agitation till the institute gets the approval," they said. "Many of us could not appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) because our institute has not been approved by AICTE," said Purna Chandra Sahu and Debasish Panda, both fourth year students of civil and electrical engineering respectively. A senior faculty member of the college said principal was going to the vice-chancellor of BPUT to discuss the matter after the college authorities received the agitation notice from the students on Friday. The college started functioning in 2008 imparting courses in computer science and engineering, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. The college is also short staffed.
Courtesy: Times of India
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