BHUBANESWAR: Students of two-year MTech course with the city-based Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET), who had taken admission in the course in 2009, have appeared in only the 1st semester exam so far.
The students alleged inordinate delay in conducting examination by the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) is going to spoil their career. “If all examinations would have been conducted in the right time, we would have completed the course in 2011. But unfortunately, due to the negligence of BPUT authorities we have only completed the 1st semester in the past two years. Our career is at stake,” said an MTech student in plastic engineering.
CIPET had introduced MTech in plastic engineering and polymer nanotechnology in 2009. In the last two years, 34 students have taken admission in each batch. Students said some of them have got job offers in reputed companies while many are interested in pursuing higher studies in leading universities of India and abroad. But the delay in examination and publication of results has restricted their plans. “Our friends studying in similar courses at Anna University, Chennai, and Lucknow Technological University have already completed their exams last week and all of them have got jobs with various industries and research organizations. There is on one here to listen to our problems,” said a student.
“We have contacted BPUT authorities several times but they say they are unable to conduct MTech examination due to lack of manpower as special teachers are required to conduct MTech exams,” said CIPET chief manager (technical) Abdul Kadir.
The MTech course in polymer nanotechnology is offered in very few institutes across the state, so a large number of meritorious students from other states are interested in the course. But due to the delay in completion of course not many students have shown interest to join the course this time, Kadir said.
Registration for PhD applicants, who had applied for the programme in 2008 in the stream of material science and engineering, is also pending and students are waiting for their registration number since the past two-and-a-half years.
“Candidates are already engaged in research activities in line with the synopsis submitted to BPUT for their PhD programme. Many of them have also published research papers in high profile international journals and their experimental work is at the completion stage,” a student said. “We have writtten to the BPUT office many times about the anomalies, discussed our plight with the officials concerned and have assembled in front of BPUT office to attract attention to our cause, but to no avail,” he said. “We had came here with a lot of hope and ambition to complete a technical degree in a time bound and systematic phase of learning, but have been greatly dissapointed,” the student rued.