The Government Engineering College, Aurangabad (GECA) has closed down four part-time Master of Engineering (ME) courses meant for the working engineers. Though the college authorities are saying that the poor response from students led to the closure, it is believed that the unavailability of professors and the stringent terms and conditions for admissions have forced the college to wind up these courses.
The GECA provides 14 courses for ME - seven full-time and seven part-time. Civil (Water Resources), Civil (Soil Engineering), Civil (Structural), Electronics, Mechanical Production, Computer Science and MCA are the full-time courses. Part-time courses include Civil (Soil Engineering), Civil (Structural), Mechanical Design, Production Management, Electronics, Electrical Power System and Computer Science. These courses are useful for the employed engineers who cannot attend the full-time college.
Stringent terms and conditions
Students have to pass the Common Entrance Test (CET) of Directorate of Technical Education and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for admissions for full-time ME courses. Norms for admissions say that the place of employment should be within 60 kilometres from the college, applicant should have experience of two years and produce No Objection Certificate from the employer.
It is believed that these terms and conditions kept the students away from the courses and as a result, only one student could take admission.