GU MSc intake stirs confusion

Times of India | 3 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 08:24 am

GU MSc intake stirs confusion

Ahmedabad: About 5,200 students who have applied for MSc admissions in Gujarat University have had confusion stirred in them after the intake of 250 students was cancelled. The cancellation was spurred by confusion related to seat availability. Sources said in the first round of MSc admissions, 5,200 students had registered for 2,400 seats in various colleges.The sources said that during the reshuffling round, about 250 students had applied. Of these students, many had opted for the higher payment mode. In this mode, students have to pay more than the regular fees for their preferred colleges as their merit marks are low. These students were allotted seats in their preferred colleges.After these students were allotted colleges, sources said, additional seats were approved in many grant-in-aid colleges. In such a situation, the extra payment became unnecessary.

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Times of India | 6 days ago | 04-08-2022 | 05:45 am
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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Technological University (GTU) recently concluded the academic inspection of institutes affiliated to it and decided to reduce the number of seats in a few institutes. A statement from the university said that 435 institutes affiliated to it were asked to file disclosures. After analyzing the disclosures, the university carried out an academic inspection of 285 institutes and colleges, the statement said. The university said that 38 of the total institutes inspected were found wanting in many aspects such as teaching staff and libraries and laboratories. The positions of directors or principals in some of these institutes had been vacant for many years. The statement said that 4,775 seats from these 38 institutes have been reduced. These include 1,295 seats of degree engineering from 15 institutes, 3,300 seats of diploma engineering from 18 institutes, 60 seats of a pharmacy college, and 60 seats each of MCA and MBA courses. After the inspection, these institutes were given a month to take the necessary action. After that period, when GTU officials revisited these campuses they found the situation to be the same. These institutes will be fined amounts ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. "Last year an inspection was carried out online but we had found 30 institutes lacking in facilities and had fined them. This is a process to make the institutes adhere to the rules of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)," said vice-chancellor of GTU Navin Sheth. He said that the colleges in which principal or director positions and the total staff posts are vacant to the level of more than 20% for over three years are fined in line with AICTE rules. Sheth said that the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has been informed of the reduction in the number of seats and the diploma admission committee will be informed shortly. The university has also put four diploma engineering and five degree engineering colleges in the no-admission list as they lacked many basic facilities.

Missing facilities, staff: Gujarat Technological University chops over 4,000 seats
Over 4,700 seats in engg, pharmacy, MBA courses reduced in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 04-08-2022 | 12:50 am
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6 days ago | 04-08-2022 | 12:50 am

Citing “lack of required number of faculties and laboratories”, the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has reduced 4,775 seats across 38 institutes in the state for the academic session 2022-23.Further, nine colleges are placed in the “no-admission zone”— these colleges cannot admit students for the academic session 2022-23 .The move comes after an inspection was done by experts involved in the field of education in 280 affiliated institutions of GTU.The inspection was conducted after the GTU called for an online self-disclosure from its 435 affiliated technical institutions in March this year, seeking information on its infrastructure including labs and faculty.“Out of 280 institutes inspected by GTU, steps have been taken against 38 institutes, majorly self-financed. These institutes do not have required number of faculties and laboratories and in some institutes the post of director or principal has been vacant for the last three years… Thus, a total of 4,775 seats of 38 institutes have been reduced across faculties,” said GTU Vice Chancellor Prof Navin Sheth on Wednesday.“The matter has also been reported to ACPC (Admission Committee for Professional Courses) by GTU. Apart from this, a total of nine colleges have been placed in the no-admission zone by the GTU, including 4 engineering colleges and five degree engineering colleges that have not met the standards of GTU in the academic inspection.”As many as 1,295 seats that were reduced are in 15 institutes of proving Degree in Engineering, while 3300 are in 18 institutes of Engineering in Diploma.A total of 60 seats were recuded in a college of Pharmacy and 60 seats each were reduced in a three MBA colleges and 1 college providing MCA.The names of the colleges are placed in the “no-admission zone” are withheld at the moment owing to the option of appeal these institutes can exercise, stated GTU.Sources revealed that the institutes under “no admission zone” have already suspended admissions since last two years.However, The Indian Express has learnt that the engineering colleges placed under the “no-admission zone” include Gujarat Institute of Technical Studies in Sabarkantha, Sabar Institute of Technology for Girls in Sabarkantha, Aurum Institute of Technology in Rajkot, Sigma Engineering College in Bharuch and Om Institute of Technology in Panchmahal.These were offering engineering courses in civil, mechanical, electrical, computer and IT.Among the 38 institutes, the maximum number of seats were reduced in Engineering College Tuwa Godhra where seats in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering courses have been reduced by half from 120 to 60 each and another 30 seats were reduced in computer engineering.In SS Agrawal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Navsari, 15 seats each were reduced across Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Computer and Civil engineering courses.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxShri Satsangi Saketdham Ram Ashram Group of Institutions in Mehsana is another engineering institute in which 180 seats were reduced in electrical, civil and mechanical branches.Seats in information, mechanical and civil engineering branches at SPB Patel Engineering college in Mehsana too have been reduced by half — from 60 to 30 each.

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The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 03-08-2022 | 10:50 pm
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Ahead of festivities Gujarat to provide groundnut oil at discounted rate to NFSA card holders