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IETE students protest outside Irani's residence

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 06 August, 2014
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New Delhi, Over 60 students of the Institution of Electronics and
Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) protested outside HRD Minister Smriti
Irani's residence Tuesday against the ministry's decision to
de-recognise the B. Tech degree awarded by the institute.

The ministry in its notification of December 2012 withdrew recognition to the degree courses offered by the institute.

However,
the HRD minister later clarified that the students who had enrolled
with the IETE by May 5, 2013, would not be affected by the decision.

"Ours
is a very old institute and it helps poor students get degrees. The
notification was issued when Kapil Sibal was the HRD minister. With this
decision the future of these children is at stake," I.M. Kapoor,
chairman of IETE Delhi centre, told IANS.

IETE has 59
centers/sub-centers in India and three abroad and conducts degree and
diploma examinations in electronics and telecommunication engineering,
computer science, information technology and other engineering streams.

"The
ministry had said that the courses run by IETE do not have All India
Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) approval. Our institute was
set up in 1953 after which the AICTE was made a statutory body, it
therefore was not authorised to recognise our course. We are in a
deadlock now," added Kapoor.

Some of the students have also been
on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi since July 29 and
on Tuesday took their protest to the minister's residence in south
Delhi.

The students want the HRD ministry to rescind its decision to save the future of over 30,000 students.

"The
ministry should give the institute some time to get the necessary
approval. They should take back their decision because it is about the
future of such students who cannot afford private universities," Manish
Sharma, who is in the final year of the degree course told IANS.

A few students tried to break the barricades outside Irani's residence but were taken away by the police.

Source:IANS
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