Punjab News PTU, pvt colleges on collision course


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Admissions Under Fee-Waiver Scheme

Jalandhar, July 2

Punjab Technical University (PTU) and the managements of private engineering colleges are on a collision course on the issue of 10 per cent admissions under the fee-waiver scheme to certain category of students.

The controversy erupted ever since the PTU decided to hold the online registration of applicants and conduct common manual counselling for all its affiliated colleges on its campus to ensure strict adherence to its notification.

Declaring the schedule, the Dean (students affairs), Dr Anirudh Partap Singh, said registration would begin from July 9 to 16 while the manual counselling would start from July 19.

The major issue on which the university and its colleges are confronting is creating additional seats to accommodate more students under the scheme. While PTU VC Dr Rajneesh Arora claims that he will go ahead with free admissions only after taking due consent from the AICTE, PUTIA president BS Dhaliwal claims that colleges are without any approval for additional seats as of now and that there could be a problem later.

The PUTIA president argues that admissions under the fee-waiver scheme should have been conducted after the university was through with the counselling. But the PTU VC claims that the interest of the colleges had been given due consideration.

“We have added a clause in the notification that in case the claimant of a free seat has already taken admission through counselling, his seat will not be shifted to another college. Instead, he will be given free seat in the same college and in lieu the college will get an additional seat”, he said.

As per the scheme, 10 per cent of the total seats filled in the previous academic session would be filled with a bifurcation of 50 per cent for women candidates, 33 per cent for economically weaker section and 17 per cent for physically challenged. Parents with an annual income of less than Rs 2.5 lakh from all sources are eligible to apply.

The scheme had started almost three years ago with an MoU signed by PTU, the Punjab State Technical Education Board and PUTIA.