BPUT to conduct academic audit of tech colleges

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) on Wednesday woke up to decide that it will conduct an academic audit of all technical institutes across the state, two days after applications from as many as 18 private engineering colleges flooded for closure of some of their branches and reduction in seat capacity in some disciplines.
BPUT director of examinations SP Mohanty said, “We are planning to conduct an academic audit. If an institute fails to meet the required standards, we would take steps to de-affiliate it.”
Around 17 technical institutes of 96 private engineering colleges in the state two days back had applied to the Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTET) to close some of their branches citing scarcity of students.
While authorities of International Institute of Engineering and Technology (IIET) in the capital had urged for closure of the institute, 17 others have applied for closure of ongoing courses including IT, AE&IE, MCA, M. Pharm, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy & Photochemistry, Electronics and Communication Engineering and E&IE.
According to documents submitted to DTET, 600 and 270 seats belonging to Information Technology (IT) and AE&IE disciplines respectively, of these 17 colleges are on the verge of extinction.
However with the new drive the varsity aims to assess the required faculty position, availability of laboratories, libraries and other required set ups of technical colleges.
Reacting on the BPUT move, Odisha Private Engineering Colleges' Association (OPECA) secretary Binod Dash said, “The Odisha Professional Education Act should be amended to give free hand to private engineering colleges for filling up of seats, else the situation will continue in the coming days too.”