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M.Tech. (Goa University) proves boon to research in Goa

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M.Tech (Computer Science) was started at the Department of Computer Science and Technology (DCST), Goa University in June 2013. Its a two year program with mainly focus on research.

Despite of achieving success by the students of this course at national and international level it has been resolved in the Academic council meeting held on 18th December 2015 to suspend the admissions to our course from 2016 onward. This will be great loss to the student fraternity as one of the best options of higher education that has the capability of providing good exposure to the latest trends in the fields and opportunities at top institutes in India and abroad as well will become defunct. 

Some of the few reasons that this Course should survive:

o   Only course with strong research component in state of Goa.

o   Ability to secure internships at top institutes

o   Placements in R&D industry reflect the excellent research skills developed in various fields.

o   Provides opportunity to secure seats for higher studies in top institutes.

o Allows to compete alongside with the students from premier institutes in the country and abroad in workshops and other competitions.

o   Provides opportunity to interact with eminent personalities of the respective fields of research.

o   Allows to publish and adds to the credentials of the University and the state as well the country by opening up opportunity to participate in top tier conferences.

o   Course despite of being a new one has proved its potential at various levels.

o   Master courses in the state haven’t gone beyond providing faculty jobs   within the state and a few jobs in industry which have the same profile as that of jobs offered to engineering graduates, so this course should be looked upon at as the one which can provide better employment opportunities.

o   The course has nurtured to such great heights only due to the faculty’ hard work and their commitment and zeal, therefore there is a need to keep the course intact with minor and necessary modifications so that it abides to all the R&Rs.

Following are the objections raised by the Academic Council, Goa University and D.T.E. and Goan engineering colleges:

1.    Gazette Notification issued by U.G.C on 5th July 2014 (https://goo.gl/wfVUnk):

They are claiming since the M.Tech. degree is shown under the table of faculty of Engineering/Technology our Dept. of Computer Science and Technology, Goa University offering this course is not entitled to offer this course as it comes under Faculty of Science.

Arguments:-

Dept. of Computer Science and Technology, Goa University can run M.C.A. and M.Tech. like other universities and colleges (KLESCET, Belgaum, V.T.U., Karnataka, University of Hyderabad, Central University, Rajasthan and several others). However due to this notification, Goa university requires to form a Faculty of Technology in lines with Pune University (https://goo.gl/PmQgG7 ) which did the same when faced with similar problems.

2.    The M.Tech. programme offered by DCST is not approved by the A.I.C.T.E.:

They are of the opinion that it is mandatory for engineering colleges to hire candidates of only AICTE approved courses.

Arguments:-

We haven’t found a Gazette or notification from A.I.C.T.E. that mentions this regulation. Regardless of this, we have been enquiring about A.I.C.T.E.  approval with the department since 2013. We had anticipated about these problems at the beginning of the MTech program and approached the department asking for A.I.C.T.E.  approval for this course. The department assured that they will get the A.I.C.T.E.  approval but after few months, due to Honourable Supreme court’s decision A.I.C.T.E.’ powers were reduced to advisory body and therefore all technical colleges came under the purview of U.G.C. However appeal against this decision brought A.I.C.T.E.  back in action. After approaching the department again to ask the status of AICTE approval, the department conveyed to us that AICTE approval is not required for courses started by University. However the department at the same time began with the process of analysis of department’s shortcomings so that the AICTE approval could be sought as the same would have helped the GATE qualified students to obtain scholarship from A.I.C.T.E. They initiated the process by writing to University to seek the approval.

We have also found the Supreme Court judgement (https://goo.gl/4ZSypY) and a public notice by A.I.C.T.E.  (https://goo.gl/zTg1gI )that clearly state that departments within university do not need approval from A.I.C.T.E. Nevertheless, both the documents do specify that such departments do need to fulfill the norms as prescribed by the body. From the document (https://goo.gl/L6Kib1 ) prepared internally by department it is clear that infrastructure wise the department does not lack much. The only shortcoming is number of faculty. For this the University is responsible as there are around five vacancies existing in the department and these have not been filled for decades now. However it should also be noted that the department has been appointing visiting faculty from engineering colleges and industry to fill up this gap.

3.    U.G.C. and A.I.C.T.E. 2010 Regulations (https://goo.gl/D4GzLR )

They are claiming that as per the above regulations our faculty are ineligible to teach M.Tech. course since they do not posses B.E./B.Tech. and M.E./M.Tech. and have M.C.A., M.Sc. qualifications.

Arguments:-

A.I.C.T.E. has come out with clarification (https://goo.gl/wZLjuQ page 20-21) regarding this confusion where it is clearly stated that for direct recruitment the minimum qualification has to be B.E./B.Tech. and M.E./M.Tech. however it is also clarified in the same gazette that existing faculty with M.C.A. or M.Sc. background appointed prior to 2010 before the issue of the Regulation is eligible to teach. This is also asserted by the officials of Anna university as quoted in Deccan Chronicle National daily (http://goo.gl/svz1NI ). Therefore We suppose this no longer should be a problem.



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