Regular students protest against dual degree programme

The dual degree programme offered by the Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering (SVUCE) has once become the bone of contention between the students pursuing the programme and the regular B.Tech students.

The controversy slowly snowballed into a controversy, with the latter staging a demonstration on Monday in front of the Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Bhavan, the varsity’s administrative headquarters, demanding an end to admission in the dual degree (self-financed) course. While admission in regular course is on merit basis through EAMCET, the regular students contend that the six-year dual degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) programme was neither approved by the AICTE, nor had the sanction of the University Grants Commission (UGC). “In addition to this, students are being admitted in some courses under NRI quota and twinning programme with Blekinge University, Sweden.”

The other part that is pinching the regular students is the sharing of resources like the faculty, classroom, laboratories and even hostels amongst the two parallel streams. “It is in this backdrop, we want the course to be stopped with immediate effect and admissions under this criterion be stopped,” they demanded. “The dual degree students, when they pass out after four years, get the same B.Tech degree as we get, which is totally unfair,” they said.

Inevitable step

The students had, in fact, submitted a representation to the varsity last week requesting to stop admissions, but to no avail. With no alternative in sight, they resorted to the agitation.

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