Panjab University’s Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology will continue to offer five-year B.E (Chemical) MBA Integrated course for the academic session 2018-19. Interestingly, the varsity is yet to get an approval from UGC and AICTE for the course. It is expected that the institute will receive the approval in the next few days and the course will be on offer from the upcoming academic session.
According to sources, Panjab University has the authority to run the course even without the approval of AICTE or UGC. The varsity is an autonomous institution and has the authority to offer varied courses. With an objective to increase the market value of the course, the varsity will get approval from AICTE and UGC.
During the Syndicate Meeting that took place in April 2018, the varsity accepted the proposal of students to reduce the duration of B.E Chemical Integrated course from 5 ½ years to five years. For ongoing and future batches, the duration of the course is five years. Even though the duration of the course is minimized to five years, the varsity will not compromise with the syllabus.
A committee constituted by the varsity to examine the proposal of reducing the duration of the course recommended to continue the course to avoid revenue loss. If the varsity closes the course, the fee structure for other courses will have to be increased to compensate the revenue loss, indicated the committee.
Last year, the varsity had sent a proposal to UGC seeking approval for B.E Chemical MBA Integrated course. So far, the varsity has not received any official communication from UGC.