'Provisional' tag gets 116 ineligible students into Punjab colleges

A group of engineering colleges in Punjab, run by the same management, have "admitted" over 100 students who have not passed the qualifying examinations to their engineering courses. There are now fears that the racket is prevalent throughout the state.

Some students, who have been admitted, have not cleared their Class XII exams while others who have gained lateral entry from diploma courses have not cleared their qualifying exams either. All such students have reached the third semester in the colleges.

The institutions, run by the Continental Group at its Jalvera campus in Fatehgarh Sahib, admitted as many as 116 students who had not cleared the qualifying examinations during admission in 2012. While the Continental Institute of International Studies (CIIS) admitted 9 such students; the Continental Institute of Engineering Technology (CIET) accounted for 75; and the Continental College of Higher Studies (CCHS) admitted 32 such students.

The colleges say that the students have been granted "provisional" admission in accordance with rules framed by Punjab Technical University (PTU) to which they are affiliated. They add that none of the admissions has been "confirmed".

The university, washing its hands of such admissions, says that such students are the "responsibility" of the college and will not be given degrees till they are registered with the university. PTU officials state that only initially "unqualified" students can be admitted but they are not "registered" as bonafide students till they clear the qualifying examinations. Till a student is registered, he or she cannot be allowed to appear in the semester examinations. The university also has a last date before which, the students have to clear the qualifying exams.

Almost all of these unqualified students, however, have appeared in the first, second and even the third semester university examinations many months after the last date of the qualifying check. Their roll numbers were duly issued by the university and even their results had been declared in most cases.

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