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ITU engineering students face recognition issue

ITU engineering students face recognition issue

LAHORE: The Information Technology University (ITU) has launched a degree programme in engineering without the approval of a relevant body.

The varsity in 2013 started a four-year electrical engineering programme without getting it recognised from the Pakistan Engineering Council. The varsity, instead of first meeting the legal requirement, enrolled students in the discipline who came to know of late that it was not recognised by the PEC.

The PEC last month has recognised the programme with effect from intake batch of fall-2015 on wards. However, it did not mention the fate of two batches of 80 students each of 2013 and 2014, respectively, in the notification.

“We are disturbed to know that our degree programme (electrical engineering) is not recognised by PEC. Without its approval the degree has no worth,” an IT University student of the discipline told Dawn on Monday.

“We are only given assurances that the programme will be recognised with due course of time,” he said.

A father of another student said the varsity should apprise the students of the current situation with regard to its recognition with the PEC to lessen their anxiety.

According to varsity official, the students of 2013-14 batches need not worry (about its recognition with the PEC) as the matter will be taken up by the council in a meeting this April/May and well before these batches pass out their degree will be recognised (by PEC).

He said the varsity had launched the programme with an understanding with the PEC to recognise it. “So it is not an issue,” he added.

According to the PEC’s last month notification, permission is granted to launch the electrical engineering programme with effect from intake batch of fall-2015 and onwards. “The intake must be restricted to 80 students (two sections per year). Observations of the visiting team must be addressed accordingly for onward verification during interim visit by PEC in the 2nd year (2017), particularly labs development, faculty hiring and other associated resources, teaching-learning aids required for the next two to three years,” it said. — ZT

Published in Dawn, February 16th, 2016

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