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« on: April 10, 2012, 07:03:42 PM »
Makes mandatory for Punjab students to compete in AIEEE
 Thapar University abolishes 50% reservation for students from Punjab

 (News posted on: 10 Apr, 2012)
Patiala 10 April (BB): In a major set back to Punjab students aspiring for engineering courses Patiala based Thapar University has decided to scrap the 50% quota for students from Punjab in engineering courses.
As per a news report published in The Hindustan Times the university sources said that the decision has been taken in a meeting of the board of governors of the varsity recently following directions from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
As per the decision from the 2012 academic session, students from Punjab will have to compete with their counterparts in the rest of the country in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) for 800 engineering seats in the Thapar University. Till now half the seats were kept exclusively for students Punjab domicile who took AIEEE.
As per the report NK Verma, the registrar of Thapar University, has ensured that the decision was taken following new guidelines of admissions set by the University Grants Commission ( UGC) also the university has abolished the 5% quota for students of backward classes from Punjab and 2% quota for sportspersons from Punjab.
The undergraduate courses in which admissions will now be at an all- India level are electronics and communication engineering ( 180 seats), computer engineering ( 110 seats), mechanical engineering ( 110), chemical engineering ( 75 seats), civil engineering ( 75), electrical engineering ( 75), electronics ( instrumentation and control) engineering ( 75), biotech engineering ( 40), industrial engineering ( 30) and the newlystarted mechatronics ( 30 seats).


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PTU offers 8 Scholarships to students of SAARC countries
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Chandigarh 10 April (BB) Punjab Technical University (PTU), has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Universities of Nepal and Bhutan and offered 8 scholarships to SAARC countries students.
A delegation led by vice chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora which has returned from Bhutan and Nepal visits informed that the PTU signed its first MoU with Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) at Thimphu on April 2. The signatory to the MOU were Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor of PTU and Dasho Pema Thinley, Vice Chancellor of RUB.
MoU contained statement of desire to promote academic and cultural learning, research, and global leadership in today�s high-tech and multicultural society. The program was facilitated by North India Management Association (NIMA) as knowledge partner to PTU
During Nepal visit, PTU authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu on April 4. Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor of PTU and Prof. Hira Bahadur Maharjan, Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University penned their signatures on the MOU. PTU through its knowledge partner, NIMA offered 2 scholarships to be availed by bright students of the Tribhuvan University.
The MOU was facilitated by PTU Knowledge partner, North India Management Association (NIMA). Earlier on April 3 the delegation called upon SAARC Secretary General H.E. Ahmed Saleem from Maldives and met other senior officials of SAARC. PTU, through its knowledge partner, NIMA offered 8 scholarships for the students of 8 Countries of SAARC, one in each country. It was also decided in this meeting that PTU will host a SAARC conference on Tourism promotion amongst SAARC countries for 250 delegates from SAARC countries on World Tourism Day on 27th September, 2012 at Chandigarh.


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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 05:45:02 PM »
Thapar University revert step after Badal�s intervention
Thapar University decides to restore 50% quota for Punjab

 (News posted on: 03 May, 2012)
Chandigarh 03 (BB): Following intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Thapar University Patiala has decided to restore the 50% territorial quota for the students of Punjab.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister�s Office said that Badal, who prevailed upon the University authorities to reconsider their earlier decision. On his personal intervention, the University authorities namely JS Neerav, Vice Chairman, BoG and . Abhijit Mukherjee, Director of the Thapar University appreciating the concern of the State Government, have conveyed their decision by handing over their letter today to S S Channy, Principal Secretary Technical Education and Industrial Training saying that �in deference to the wishes of the State Government and without going into the legality of the same, we agree that we will not implement the aforesaid decision, as taken by the BoG in its last meeting held on 24/02/2012, till the same is decided in the next BoG meeting after mutual discussions in accordance with the rules/by laws of the University�.
It may be recalled that Badal took up this matter with Union Human Resources, Development, Communications & Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal while highlighting the claim of the State of Punjab and its students saying that the University has come up in the present shape and stature solely on account of the State help which was there by way of giving them 250 acre of land and also grant-in-aid till the year 2001.
Both the Govt. of India and the management were conveyed in no uncertain terms the rights of the State for this deemed University and advised as well as directed them not to deny the rights of the Punjab students to have the opportunity for the furtherance of their education in one of the State promoted deemed University of excellence. The issue of the State�s claim was also raised by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Technical Education Minister. Anil Joshi and many other dignitaries, political parties and NGOs.
The spokesperson further said that the Thapar University authorities have also been advised by the state government to refer the matter to them and after due deliberations only the further course of action would be decided.
The deemed Thapar University, Patiala which started way back in 1956 mainly on account of 250 acres land given by the PEPSU and financial assistance of 30 lacs from the then State Government and later on by the State Government under various schemes/programmes of the State as well as of the Govt. of India and the Govt. of State for serving the cause of education for the students of the State as well as of the nation while running state of the art technical institutions in their premises. Lately they are also in expanding mode while opening up off campuses.
The BoG of the University in their 100th meeting held on 24/02/12 vide item no. S76.18 to consider the admissions to first year of under graduate Programme made the seats available to all the citizens of India regardless of race, religion, cast or creed and the area/place of residence under clause 15 of the UGC (Institutes Deemed to be University) 2010. In this BoG meeting both the representatives of the State Government i.e. PSTE and PSF could not attend and the BoG forwarded the minutes saying that the admissions would now be opened equally to all citizens of India and 50% territorial quota for the students of Punjab would not be available any longer.
On receipt of the minutes before their confirmation, the State took up this matter with the Thapar University authorities including the Chairman and the Registrar of the University to reverse this decision and maintain the State quota as heretofore.


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Thapar University rated best engineering college in Punjab

Thapar University, Patiala, has been rated as one of the top engineering colleges in Punjab. A survey by Careers360 (flagship magazine of Pathfinder Publishing Pvt. Ltd) rated the University AAA+ (highest achievable rating) at state and national level.

IITs, NITs, PEC University of Technology, deemed universities, AIEEE colleges and institutes that make admissions based on state entrance tests comprise the sample size for the survey. The aim of the survey was to achieve a single list of best colleges offering engineering courses in India. The survey was conducted amongst more than 4,200 engineering colleges in the country. The main parameters that were looked upon were Input, Process and Output. The component parameters were given weights in proportion of 35:25:40, respectively.

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Thapar University changes terms mid-session, PhD students in a fix

Patiala, August 7
A sudden change in the guidelines by Thapar University, Patiala, regarding publication of research papers in specific journals for the completion of the PhD has put the future of many research scholars in jeopardy. The university, in the name of improving the research standards, has made it mandatory for all research scholars to get their papers published in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), Science Citation Index (SCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index, which are among the top international journals and hardly carry papers of research beginners.

The university authorities have imposed this condition even on those students who got enrolled in PhD much before the rule was added to the academic regulations of the universities. No other university in the country has set up such tough guidelines for research scholars.

The university has till date not included this condition in its prospectus, keeping students keen on applying for PhD in the dark. Around 580 research scholars are enrolled in the university.

Notably, as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC), a candidate should publish at least one research paper in a refereed/ISSN/reputed journal before the submission of the thesis and shall produce evidence for the same in the form of acceptance letter or the reprint of the paper.

According to UGC rules, the guidelines set during the enrolment in a course will be followed throughout the course and cannot be changed midway but the Thapar University authorities have ignored this by changing the rules for all students. Students rued that the university was "frequently changing norms", which was against the UGC guidelines.

A research scholar, who got enrolled in 2008, said he had completed his work a long time ago but since the university had now changed the rule for publishing the research work, he was in a fix. "When I got myself enrolled, there was no such condition. How can the university all of a sudden change the guidelines? The journals they are talking about are the most prestigious journals in the world. Most of our faculty members have also not been able to get their papers published in them. This is sheer harassment. Even if they want to apply this condition, they should first include it in their prospectus and then apply it on those who get themselves enrolled in future," he said.

Another student said the Thapar University was among the most expensive universities in the country as far as the PhD fee was concerned and their arbitrary style of functioning was weighing heavily on scholars' pockets. She said, "They are not following UGC guidelines and setting tough rules for students to harass them. Getting a paper published in the SSCI or SCI journals is very difficult for a research scholar. This rule is not followed anywhere in India or abroad. We have often met Dean of Research Dr PK Bajpai in this regard but he is adamant about his stand."

University director Dr KK Raina said, “The matter has come to my notice and I have directed the Dean Research to review the cases of students who were enrolled before the change in the regulations. Hopefully, we will soon reach at a consensus with students,” he said.



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