Fearing Closure of Engineering College, Delhi Students Stage Protest

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Students of the GB Pant Engineering College (GBPEC) at the protest that went on full night in New Delhi.

Our college is now the only single college which provides education at a cost-effective rate. Students from any economic strata can study a technical course

Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Students of the GB Pant Engineering College (GBPEC) on Monday staged a protest at the ‘Vikas Bhawan’ Civil Lines near the Delhi Vidhan Sabha, that went on for full night, against exclusion of their college from the counselling list for new admissions sparking speculations about possible closure of the college.

GBPEC is affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indra Prastha (IP) University.

According to police officers, several students had gathered to protest but no action had been taken against them by the police. However, one of the students told Clarion India that they were once driven away for non-compliance with coronavirus pandemic guidelines.

A memorandum stating the issue with a request to continue admissions in the college was submitted to the deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.

“Our college is now the only single college which provides education at a cost-effective rate. Students from any economic strata can study a technical course”, the memorandum reads.

Ammar, a student of electrical engineering told Clarion India that if the college closed down, it will spoil the chances of their placements. “No company would want to hire students from a closed college as it gives the impression that the college could be an institute of low quality”, he added.

As per media reports, the Delhi Cabinet had in March last year approved construction of an integrated campus of GBPEC and Polytechnic at Okhla Industrial Estate at a cost of Rs 520 crore.

However, there has been no official word on non-inclusion of the college in the counselling process for admission. Even the college principal was not intimated about the non-inclusion of the college in the counselling list, said protesters.

“We had earlier gone to meet Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. While we could not meet him, two of his OSDs had given the assurance to carry out our demand. Nothing has happened so far,” said Ammar.

IP University registrar Ravi Dadich told the media, “We were told that the college would not be affiliated with our university. Hence, we removed its name from our admission counselling list.”

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