Many private colleges in Hyderabad have approached the city’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU-H) to get approval for the introduction of new courses like Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the upcoming academic session.
The private colleges wanted JNTU-H to grant permission for the courses of Computer Science and Business Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Information Technology and Computer Engineering, and Information Technology and Engineering which have already been given approval by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University wrote to the government of Telangana seeking its permission as it was decided in the perspective plan of the state that no regular courses or new colleges will be permitted. An official spoke on the matter and said that as per the plan, some courses that are skill-based can be approved but this remains without any clarity whatsoever. A decision will be taken about the matter after the government gives its consent.
After Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University and Osmania University, it is the turn of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University now to get on board with the method of digital on-screen evaluation of answer sheets. JNTU-H is expected to introduce screen evaluation of answer scripts for all the B.Tech courses from the next academic session. At present, about two lakh students have appeared for the semester examinations of B.Tech and there are nearly 25 lakh answer scripts that need to be evaluated.
Up till now, the answer sheets have been evaluated manually by examiners and the marks awarded for each question were entered in a computer which calculates the total score. An official at the university said that the university is planning to start with digital screen evaluation from the semester exams that are due to begin in the month of December 2019.