Students enrolled in foreign universities — who are now in India and reluctant to return, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak — may now have a reason to stay back. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut), at its academic council meeting on Wednesday, proposed to allow such students to take admissions through lateral entry in the technology and management courses affiliated to the university.
The students, however, can only find a seat provided the colleges have vacancies and the students have enrolled in analogous programmes in the foreign universities that allow credit transfer.
“We are now formulating a draft to implement the proposal to allow students to continue studies amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” said vice-chancellor Saikat Maitra.
“The decision will positively impact our education system. It will also reinstate faith in our state’s education framework. Those who have experienced the facilities and teaching-learning process abroad will understand the development in Bengal over the past few years,” said president of Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI) Taranjit Singh.
Pradeep Chopra, chairman of I-Lead and member of advisory board of Makaut, said, “If universities start offering online courses even for the fall semester, many may not join due to the huge course fees. Moreover, students who have been forced to return, will be reluctant to return as they will be unable to access laboratories, projects, etc, which can’t be completed indoors. They are likely to take up this offer.”
Source: Times of India