Delhi Technological University has alleged that the protest against its up-gradation from Delhi College of Engineering was largely because of a misunderstanding created by Delhi University authorities.

In a statement, DTU said that Delhi Polytechnic earlier and DCE later were only affiliated to Delhi University for the purpose of its academic programmes.

It was established, funded, run and maintained by the Union Government (1941) and later the Government of Delhi (since 1963). Neither Delhi Polytechnic nor DCE could be considered as constituent institute of Delhi University. This was clear from the original application made by Delhi Polytechnic to Delhi University in 1951 on the basis of which it had granted affiliation for engineering and architecture programmes.

Delhi University had failed to innovate and upgrade its engineering curriculum for the past 30 years, the statement said. DCE despite the outdated curriculum had nurtured engineers who had excelled.

The DTU Act had taken care to protect the interests of faculty members and students who were enrolled with Delhi University prior to commencement of the DTU Act.

Section 4e of the DTU Act, states: “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, existing students of the Delhi College of Engineering who joined classes before the establishment of the university under Section 3 of this Act, shall continue to pursue their academic courses and programmes of study under the enrolment and affiliation of the University of Delhi, which shall conduct examinations to them and award degrees to them upon successful completion of the courses and programmes of study there are pursuing thereat presently.”

The university administration had also been forced to expel two for indiscipline, disturbing classes, instigating students, using foul language and disrupting the law and order situation of university.

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