Gujarat University (GU) could find itself at loggerheads with the University Grants Commission (UGC) over the university’s recent move to sign MoUs with three private institutions for five-year integrated courses.
In a recent notification, the UGC has said that it had come across many advertisements offering university degrees through various franchise programmes conducted by private institutions claiming to be the study centres of different universities. The notification further says that these private institutions enroll students for various degree programmes and also claim to be responsible for teaching and holding examinations.
“The concerned university has no mechanism to monitor and maintain the academic standards imparted at these centres. This blatant compromise of education standards has led to widespread criticism. The commission has taken a serious view of these misleading advertisements appearing in various newspapers,” says the UGC notification.
The UGC notification specifically says: “No university – state or central, private or deemed – can offer its programmes through a franchise arrangement with private coaching institutions even for courses offered through distance-education mode.”
On asked about the UGC notification, state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma told TOI on Sunday: “I shall look into the UGC notification and take necessary steps to ensure that the interests of the students are not harmed in any manner.”
It may be recalled that in June, GU had found itself in controversy when it signed MoUs with three private institutions for running of five-year integrated professional courses within the university campus. The move has since been branded as favouritism by academicians linked to the university.
On June 6, a meeting was held on the GU campus by the MoU committee of the university. A top GU official said that the university had granted contracts to these private organizations to run 5-year integrated courses within the university campus. “The organizations will give GU 40% of the money generated from these courses which are being offered at the BK School of Management,” said the official. GU has fixed a fee of Rs 40,000 per term, which amounts to Rs 80,000 a year.
The move had caused a storm and allegations were leveled about the ‘ulterior motive’ behind the decision. “The GU has favoured some private organizations in signing these MoUs,” said a city college principal.
The Supreme Court may have quashed the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) but Gujarat University (GU) has decided to prepare the merit list for postgraduate (PG) medical admissions on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in Neet.
GU has 450 PG medical seats in BJ Medical and NHL Medical College. Officials of the university said that they were forced to use Neet scores as the Supreme Court decision came just 11 days before the admissions process has to be completed. The guidelines of the Medical Council of India state that the process has to be completed by July 31.
The officials said that conducting a new entrance test requires at least one month’s time which the university doesn’t have. Originally, however, it was the GU which had opposed the move of the state government to go ahead with a common entrance test along the lines of the test for undergraduate medical admissions. The Gujarat government had conducted the Gujarat Common Entrance Test and its scores were used as the basis of UG admissions.
GU officials further said that in the absence of a special Gujarat common entrance test, they did not want to admit students on the basis of MBBS marks. The university will declare the merit list in a couple of days on its website. The first counselling will be held on July 29. After this, the admission process will be completed before July 31.
Officials said that most universities, including Saurashtra and South Gujarat University, may also give admissions on the basis of Neet.
Meanwhile, the medical fraternity has criticized the decision of the apex court to scrap the Neet examination. Medical director of HCG Medisurge, Dr Bharat Gadhvi, said, “The decision will invite corruption and students will be forced to appear in 40 odd examinations across the country. Several self-financed medical colleges will now charge high capitation fees. This could have been stopped by the implementation of Neet.” (TOI)
The principals of the science colleges affiliated to Gujarat University (GU) have agreed to admit 200 students per division. They were swayed by the state government’s decision to give teaching staff to the colleges on adhoc basis.
The colleges have decided to begin the admissions process for the additional seats starting from July 16. The principals of the colleges met with education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma and made representations of their issues.
The principals and management of science colleges had raised strong objections to the GU’s decision to increase the seat capacity per division from 150 to 200. They cited the lack of sufficient teaching staff and infrastructure facilities for a class strength of 200 students.
According to GU officials, admissions will last for three days. The forms will be available at CU Shah Science College, Ashram road between 1 pm and 4 pm. Completed forms will also have to be submitted at CU College.
The GU authorities said that this special admission procedure is only those students left out. The students will be given admission as per merit to the colleges where the students had previously applied.
Those students who have already secured admission will not be eligible for admission again. Applications from such students will not be entertained by the university. (TOI)
Admission to Bachelor of Education (BEd) colleges affiliated to Gujarat University (GU) is running late by more than a month. The process usually starts in April every year but this time it began last week. This, say educationists, will result in a large number of vacant seats in the 100 BEd colleges of GU.
Vice-chancellor Adesh Pal had taken a decision that in BBA, BCA and BEd courses, colleges will be empowered to grant admission. This went against the earlier decision to hold centralized admissions. However, after the matter generated controversy and the state education department took exception to the change of plan, Pal had to roll back his decision. This controversy and the delay in procedure initiated by GU caused delay to the admission process. “Now the process is likely to begin on July 15,” said a GU official.
There are a total of 10,000 seats in BEd colleges which include 16 grant-in-aid and 84 self-financed colleges. In 2012, no less than 2,200 seats were vacant. “This year the situation could be far worse. We suspect that there will be 3,500 empty seats empty this year,” said the principal of a city-based BEd college. (TOI)
With over 30% of first year Bachelor of Arts seats lying vacant, principals of Arts colleges are worried. The arts college principals of Gujarat University (GU) met for the first time to consider the best way to tackle the situation.
According to GU officials, arts colleges affiliated with the GU were seeing a decline in the number of students for the past four years. Last year, only 31,000 of the 36,000 seats filled up. This year, the number of vacant seats will be as high as 10,000.
Principals of arts colleges met on Saturday to discuss the crisis. However, the principals failed to work out a solution. The principals stated that the main reason for the decline in the number of students is the fall in the number of schools imparting education in arts.
Many students are opting for professional courses instead of going in for arts. “Parents say that students who graduate with a BA hardly get jobs. They feel that commerce has better prospects,” said Subhash Brahmbhatt, the principal of HK Arts College. Brahmbhatt says that some of the principals felt that there was a need to change the curriculum, but the majority of them disagreed with this opinion.
Mukul Shah, pro vice chancellor of GU, says that the meeting among principals will now be a regular affair, and the university will take measures so that few professors and teaching staff are rendered surplus in arts colleges.
Sanjay Vakil, principal of CU Shah Arts College, says that the principals of arts colleges have made representations to the Education minister and the GU, but no concrete measures have been taken. “If there is no action, then several colleges will have to close down. The situation is far worse this year,” he said. (TOI)
The Gujarat University began distribution of forms for admission into BBA and BCA from Monday.
Students seeking admission to these courses can get the forms from IAS study centre of the Gujarat University for Rs 100. The last date of depositing the forms is June 19.
The process of counseling will start after the registration is over. There are total of 1,560 seats in 13 colleges of the Gujarat University that offer BBA. In BCA, there are 2,560 seats in 16 colleges under the GU.
In a mysterious move, two BBA and BCA colleges, which were under SNDT University of Mumbai, were transferred under the GU and given affiliation. The seats have also been increased in these two colleges. One of those colleges is of a BJP leader, who is seen frequently visiting vice-chancellor. Mukul Shah, pro vice-chancellor of the GU, who is also the head of the admission committee, had no idea about any such development. (TOI)
It is just the first day Gujarat University has started distributing MSc-IT and MBA forms and in just two and a half hours, 400 forms for MSc-IT and MBA courses were sold out. Though the toppers this year showed an inclination for the CA course, MBA is still on the favourite list of a large number of students, including many science students.
“Engineering is too mainstream these days. Additionally, colleges like PDPU and Nirma have not yet started distributing forms. Therefore it is better to secure a seat in the MBA course”, says Rimsha Aalam, a student who scored 85 per cent in science.
CA is undoubtedly the first choice of commerce students but for those who do not have much interest in accountancy opt for MBA. “Business studies interest me more than accountancy, so I have selected MBA” says Hitashi Khabrani who scored 86 per cent in commerce.
Similarly, Chinmay Fichadiya who wishes to join his family business says, “I have opted for MBA studies to get practical knowledge of business management. I am aware that this is the only course where I can get it in the undergraduate level. Doing my graduation and then pursuing MBA did not sound fruitful to me,” says Fichadiya.
“I want to pursue my career in Information Technology but have cleared my HSC with commerce. Since I have got over 75 per cent, I want to try MSc-IT. My second choice is MBA,” says Parth Pancholi. (TOI)
GU pro-vice chancellor Mukul Shah said the varsity has decided to introduce a new criterion for admission in these two courses this time.
Gujarat University (GU) has decided to distribute forms for Master in Science Information Technology (MSCIT) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Thursday in order to streamline the admission process.
GU pro-vice chancellor Mukul Shah said the varsity has decided to introduce a new criterion for admission in these two courses this time. “Every year, admission is given to students who have passed the latest examination of class XII. However, from the new academic year, we will also consider students who passed the exam in 2012 and 2011.
The merit of these students will be counted by deducting 2 per cent,” he said. Shah said a form for the two courses would cost Rs 200. There are 250 seats in each course. The forms will be distributed till June 12. On June 13, a provisional merit list will be prepared while the final list will be out on June 14. The entire process will be completed by June 19.
Cut-off marks for MSCIT is 79.06 per cent and 82 per cent for MBA. The courses are integrated whereby admission is given after class XII and a student gets a master degree on completing the five-year course.
A meeting was called to chalk out details of admission for BCom to GU-affiliated colleges. Distribution of forms would begin on June 12. Announcement of the open merit would begin on June 20. The new academic year would commence from July 7. For Master of Computer Application and MBA, form distribution would begin on June 10 and continue till June 13. (DNA)
With over 70,000 more students appearing for the HSC general stream examination, Gujarat University has indicated that if required, the number of students per class in the first year Bachelor of Commerce degree might be increased to 170 per division as compared to 150 per division last year.
Official sources said that this year, 5.15 lakh have appeared for the HSC general stream examination against 4.34 lakh in the last year. “If the result is less than 68.44 per cent it will not be a major issue, but if it is more than that, the GU will have to increase the seat capacity per division to 170. However, the final decision will be taken only after the HSC result will be declared on Monday,” said an official.
There are about 44 commerce colleges in the city and 56 in the rural areas which are affiliated to the University. However, Mahipatsinh Chavda, the dean of arts faculty said, “For Arts, there is no issue as we had seats vacant last year as well. Admission becomes an issue only in the most sought after colleges.” In GU alone, there are 32 colleges that have the Bachelor of Arts degree there are another 56 in rural and other areas.
Mukul Shah, GU’s pro vice-chancellor said, “We are waiting for the results to be announced. Once the results are out, a review meeting will be held on Monday and the detailed programme will then be declared.”
Sources said Gujarat University has decided that the admission for Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) will begin from June 10. Source also said that GU has decided that it will first admit students to the five-year integrated courses as the HSC science pass outs are also eligible for admission. They might start with admission to Master of Science in Information Technology and follow it up with admissions to BBA, BCA and BCom. (TOI)
The Gujarat University has decided that instead of overcrowding classes in the commerce faculty, it will invite affiliation applications for new self-financed colleges.
Sources in the university said that it had been resolved to increase the class strength by nearly 20 seats taking the number up to 170.
Over 70,000 more students appeared for the HSC general stream examination this year, compared to last year. Officials said that this year, 5.15 lakh appeared for the HSC general stream examination against 4.34 lakh last year. “If the result is less than 68.44 per cent it will not be a major issue, but if it is more than that, the GU will have to increase the seat capacity per division to 170,” said an official. “However, the final decision will be taken only after the HSC results are declared on Monday.”
Officials said that after the GU made it clear that it would increase the seats, BJP and Congress leaders in the university asked officials to sanction new colleges rather than increase seat capacity per division.
Gujarat University is the only university in the state which can grant affiliation to a new college without the approval of the state government.
Officials said that in the first year of Bachelor of Commerce course, the fee structure was about Rs 15,000 per year. Officials said that about 30 leaders and school and college managements are waiting for the GU to ask for fresh applications. However, officials said that the university authorities had worked out a compromise formula so that the leaders do not agitate against the university. (TOI)