Transfer Of Students From Disaffiliated MITR A Challenge As Academic Year Nears
Pune : The directorate of technical education (DTE)
is racing against time to see that the 300-odd second and third-year students from
the now-disaffiliated Mulshi Institute of Technology and
Research (MITR) are transferred to some other college. Barely three weeks
are left for the ongoing academic term to end.
Courtesy: Times of India
On April 5, the University of Punes (UoP) academic
council endorsed the disaffiliation of
MITR over an alleged mass copying incident
involving 200-odd students from the institute's maiden engineering batch during
the exams in 2009. The disaffiliation has put a question mark over the future of
303 students, who have moved to second and third year of their degree course at
These students were allowed to appear for their first semester examination for the
academic year 2010-11 from the Sinhgad Institute of Technology.
However, the university has yet to accept their exam forms for the second semester
even as the last date for submission of forms has lapsed.
Director of technical education S. K. Mahajan
said, the ongoing term is to end on April 28. We will have to see that the transfers
are affected before this. We have to secure the state governments approval.
The budget session of the state assembly is in progress, while the government offices
will remain closed for the next two days on account of weekends. As such, it is
unlikely that the UoPs proposal for transfer of the
MITR students will come up for consideration
by the minister for higher and technical education Rajesh Tope, before April 11.
The proposal was moved through joint director D. N. Shingade,
who heads the DTEs office for Pune region. On Thursday, Shingade and other officials
had visited the UoP
vice-chancellor and other varsity higher-ups to discuss the matter. Mahajan said,
we have received the joint directors letter, along with the UoP proposal. We will
make every attempt to see that the transfer process is through by April 15.
Apart from seeking governments approval, there are issues like assessment of term
work of these students and conduct of practical, which the
UoP is required to tackle upfront. Then,
the UoP will have to seek the consent of the principal of the engineering college,
where it intends to affect the transfer.
Mahajan said, I have discussed these issues with vice-chancellor
R. K. Shevgaonkar. There are a few alternatives, which are being considered.
Director of UoPs board of college and university development (BCUD) Wasudev Gade
said, we are fairly sure that the transfer process will be completed in a weeks