Students in B.Tech evening shift at Delhi Technological University (DTU) have accused the University of not disclosing information about the part-time status of their course.
The students are now demanding that their course should be declared full-time from the sessions 2017-18 and 2018-19. Earlier, candidates and diploma holders with one or more year of work experience were eligible to enroll for the B.Tech evening shift course but in 2017, the DTU removed the work experience clause and allowed the admission of freshers in the course.
The students mentioned that the university didn’t inform them about the course status at the time of admission nor was it specified in the prospectus. According to AICTE, freshers can only join full-time engineering courses. And after the work experience condition removal, it was evident that it is a full-time course, a student from second-year evening shift in B.Tech said.
But students of the batch 2017-18 and 2018-19 said they got an idea about the course status in September when they applied for a Delhi government scholarship form as they were told to mark the course as part-time in the form. Students tried to raise this issue with the administration but didn’t get any response. They also filed an RTI and got a response on September 19, 2018, where it was written that the evening degree at DTU is a part-time degree with a four-year duration.
However, the students have written to the administration many times since September asking for a full-time or regular status for the course and had also met Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia on 3rd December to discuss the same. Sisodia stated that he will look into the matter.
Yogesh Singh, DTU Vice-Chancellor mentioned that there was some confusion and he will meet the students soon to clarify their doubts and take up the matter. He said that if classes are being held for a course, it does indicate that it is a regular course but they cannot call it full-time as the duration of teaching hours are less. The students who are a part of the evening course will also get a normal B.Tech degree.
DTU, also known as Delhi’s first engineering college has been given the status of a University since 2009 and it offers B.Tech, M.Tech, MBA and Ph.D. courses in the morning shift and apart from that, a B.Tech course is offered in the evening as well.