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Concern at de-recognition of Golaghat Engineering College

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 26 - Expressing concern at the de-recognition of the Golaghat Engineering College (GEC) by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Congress legislator Ajanta Neog today called upon the State government to take up the matter with the regulatory body and ensure survival of the institute.

Raising the issue in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Neog said cancellation of recognition of an institute like the GEC by AICTE is not only a serious setback for the State�s plan for developing quality human resources but also raises many questions regarding the entire affair.

She said the Chief Minister had himself inaugurated the institute in February this year.

Neog said that the State government has a responsibility to ensure survival of the GEC and to take measures so that the institute gets recognition from the AICTE.

She also expressed concern about the future of the students who had taken admission in GEC and also called for a probe to find out if there were any official lapses which resulted in the AICTE decision to de-recognise the institute.

In his reply, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya said that many of the reasons cited by the AICTE for its decision were �flimsy�, such as not providing stock register of computer system software to the inspection team by the GEC authorities.

He said that the State government has taken up the issue with the AICTE. �They have told us that there is now no time for appeal and instead asked us to apply again for recognition,� he added.

He added, �I want to assure the House that we are in contact with AICTE and we have sought post-facto recognition. They (AICTE) have said that if the necessary conditions are fulfilled, then they will give recognition. The Executive Council of AICTE has said that it will look into the matter favourably.�

Bhattacharya added that the State has filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court on the issue. He said the government is committed to ensuring that the academic careers of the GEC students are not jeopardised in any manner.

He said the State government had given adequate funds for infrastructure development of GEC, including Rs 46.65 lakh in December 2017 and Rs 10.83 crore additionally afterwards.

In addition, Rs 3.77 crore was provided for laboratory and instruments in October 2018 and another Rs 87.43 lakh was released in February this year.

He said that the government was not able to proceed with hiring permanent faculty before the AICTE inspection on account of the Model Code of Conduct which was in place, first for the panchayat polls and then for the Lok Sabha elections.

�The inspection happened even as the Model Code of Conduct was in place,� said Bhattacharya.

He added that the education department has now received sanction for recruitment for the post of principal as well as 35 permanent faculty members and also some other staff positions of the institute.

�I feel that there should be a Technical Education Recruitment Board in our State, in line with the Medical Recruitment Board,� said Bhattacharya.

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Concern at de-recognition of Golaghat Engineering College

GUWAHATI, July 26 - Expressing concern at the de-recognition of the Golaghat Engineering College (GEC) by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Congress legislator Ajanta Neog today called upon the State government to take up the matter with the regulatory body and ensure survival of the institute.

Raising the issue in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Neog said cancellation of recognition of an institute like the GEC by AICTE is not only a serious setback for the State�s plan for developing quality human resources but also raises many questions regarding the entire affair.

She said the Chief Minister had himself inaugurated the institute in February this year.

Neog said that the State government has a responsibility to ensure survival of the GEC and to take measures so that the institute gets recognition from the AICTE.

She also expressed concern about the future of the students who had taken admission in GEC and also called for a probe to find out if there were any official lapses which resulted in the AICTE decision to de-recognise the institute.

In his reply, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya said that many of the reasons cited by the AICTE for its decision were �flimsy�, such as not providing stock register of computer system software to the inspection team by the GEC authorities.

He said that the State government has taken up the issue with the AICTE. �They have told us that there is now no time for appeal and instead asked us to apply again for recognition,� he added.

He added, �I want to assure the House that we are in contact with AICTE and we have sought post-facto recognition. They (AICTE) have said that if the necessary conditions are fulfilled, then they will give recognition. The Executive Council of AICTE has said that it will look into the matter favourably.�

Bhattacharya added that the State has filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court on the issue. He said the government is committed to ensuring that the academic careers of the GEC students are not jeopardised in any manner.

He said the State government had given adequate funds for infrastructure development of GEC, including Rs 46.65 lakh in December 2017 and Rs 10.83 crore additionally afterwards.

In addition, Rs 3.77 crore was provided for laboratory and instruments in October 2018 and another Rs 87.43 lakh was released in February this year.

He said that the government was not able to proceed with hiring permanent faculty before the AICTE inspection on account of the Model Code of Conduct which was in place, first for the panchayat polls and then for the Lok Sabha elections.

�The inspection happened even as the Model Code of Conduct was in place,� said Bhattacharya.

He added that the education department has now received sanction for recruitment for the post of principal as well as 35 permanent faculty members and also some other staff positions of the institute.

�I feel that there should be a Technical Education Recruitment Board in our State, in line with the Medical Recruitment Board,� said Bhattacharya.

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