Delhi Technological University (DTU) has alleged that the protest against its upgradation from Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) was largely because of a misunderstanding created by the 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 institutes of the Delhi University. This was clear from the original application made by the Delhi Polytechnic to the Delhi University in 1951 on the basis of which it had granted affiliation for engineering and architecture programmes.

The 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 DCE, despite the outdated curriculum, had nurtured engineers who had excelled.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.

The university had also been forced to expel two for indiscipline.

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