The former and present students of College of Engineering and Technology (CETB), Bhubaneshwar have launched an online campaign to upgrade their 35-year-old alma mater as an autonomous varsity. CETB is a state-run institution which has an annual intake capacity of 900 students in UG courses and 350 students across 18 specializations for Masters in Technology courses.
Now, the students of the institutes want CETB to upgrade their institute as an autonomous university. For this purpose, they have sent e-mails to Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of state, justifying their claim for upgrading their institution to a single-centre autonomous university. CETB has a wide presence of alumni across the globe. The institute has 7000 illustrious alumni from 35 batches.
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The students have specified that the college has been affiliated to Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT). As the college does not have an autonomous status, it has become difficult to obtain several benefits like direct funds from University Grants Commission (UGC). The college lags in international collaborations, research and incubation of specific technological and business innovations.
Sanjay Dasburma, Education Minister of the state, revealed that the government is actively considering the upgradation of CETB as a unitary university. The college will be granted autonomous status in a month or two followed by the process of upgradation to a university.
CETB was established in the year 1983 to meet the growing technical workforce need in the state. The college is located in the Techno Campus at Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneshwar. The college has an area of more than 100 acres.