Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 26:
Odisha government’s Technical Education department has given approval to Centurion University to introduce diploma courses despite knowing that certificate sans AICTE approval doesn’t hold any value or acceptance, alleged Odisha Private Engineering Schools’ Association.
“As per an estimate, around 20, 000 seats in various diploma colleges in the state lie vacant every year and the Technical Education department has not initiated any steps to fill these vacant seats. The department’s approval to varsities to offer courses without AICTE approval would force other colleges to shut their shops,” General Secretary of OPESA, Saroj Kumar Sahu said addressing a press conference at the Press Club of Odisha here on Thursday.
In view of this, the government should immediately withdraw the equivalent approval granted to Centurion University. In addition to this, an impartial departmental probe should be ordered; otherwise, the association would approach the court in the matter, he threatened.
On 18th Feb this year, the Technical Education department had given approval, through a gazette notification, to Centurion University to offer diploma programs. The notification said the courses offered by it would be equivalent to those affiliated to State Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (SCTE & VT). As they don’t have to get approval from AICTE, they can enrol students as per their management’s decision. Besides, they can admit students at any time of the academic session and there would be no cap on the intake capacity, which violates the AICTE norms. The various open universities in the state and outside would demand equivalent status for the distance education courses, a member of the OPESA said.
When contacted, the Chief Admission Co-ordinator of Centurion University refused to comment on the issue.
Notably, as per AICTE guidelines, no diploma courses can be run without the approval of AICTE under Sec 1.2.
Various other office bearers of OPESA were present in the press conference.