Storm brews at JNTU-HYD


Well-Known Member
A raging debate has mired the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH), with students and the management at loggerheads over thousands of detentions in the 2014-15 academic year.

Disappointed with the varsity for detaining them citing 'shortage of credits', over 4,000 engineering students have launched a 'war' against JNTU. Blaming their poor performance on the massive affiliation row that hit 174 institutes under JNTU, students allege that the turmoil led to frequent cancellation of classes and reduced faculty on campus, which ultimately had a negative impact on their scores.

In an attempt to crack the whip on erring engineering colleges, the university had tightened norms for affiliation during 2014-15. While the university retained affiliations of 220 colleges, 174 colleges were denied affiliation for failure to adhere to the All India Council of Technical Education norms.

A majority of students from these colleges are now struggling to get promoted. "During the affiliation period (sic) in 2014-15, several faculty members quit to take up better opportunities. We had no classes for few subjects, resulting in shortage of credits," rued Sai Kiran R, a B Tech second-year student.

As temporary relief, the government had assured students it would shift those in disaffiliated colleges to affiliated ones. However, students complain how even after a year, the government has done nothing. "We have already lost one year. Keeping in view the administrative turmoil that we had to go through, the university must relax the rule regarding 40 per cent mandatory clearance of credits for promotion and bring it down to 35 per cent," said Vinay Kumar, a B Tech student.

However, countering the students' concerns, N Yadaiah, registrar of JNTU-H, said, "The students were well aware of the credit system before the academic session began. They should have approached us when the classes were not being held. Giving relaxation in the credits now will only compromise the quality of education provided by the university."

Passing the buck on to colleges for not taking corrective measures to complete the syllabus, he added, "The colleges are responsible for not taking classes. The university can do nothing about it."

Incidentally, the university has no regular vice-chancellor, which many say has only made matters worse. "Lot of decisions are pending due to the absence of a VC. The in-charge VC is never available and is rarely seen on campus," read a representation recently submitted by the JNTU-H Joint Action Committee to the Telangana Lokayukta.

Source : Times of India
Last edited: