A batch of over 100 students in a city-based college is caught in the crossfire between a college and its university. Students, who were enrolled for the B.Tech. aerospace engineering course in the Hindustan Aviation Academy in July 2012, are now pursuing other courses or awaiting a conclusion to the problem that cost them a year of study.

Naveen S. (name changed), who was among the few day-scholars in the batch, though having spent over Rs. 2 lakh on the B.Tech. course, is now studying electronics and communication in a reputed college in the city under the management quota. His father said, “We paid Rs. 1 lakh as donation to get the seat. We still have to pay Rs. 1.7 lakh fee every year for the remaining years of study.”

Financial stress

Naveen is in this sticky financial spot now as the aviation college proposed to shift the entire batch of first-year students to its branch college in Chennai after its partnership with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) ran into rough weather last year. “They were demanding Rs. 1.3 lakh boarding fee for those who agreed to shift to Chennai. Some students backed out. We were asked to take our TC (transfer certificate) and leave if we were not interested,” Naveen’s father said.

The problem cropped up when, soon after admissions, IGNOU informed the college that the B.Tech. engineering programme, conducted through an MoU (memorandum of understanding), was to be ‘kept in abeyance’, Hindustan Aviation Academy principal Sajjad Rahim said.

The Hindustan Aviation Academy has appealed to the Central University of Karnataka (CUK) to run the course under the community college model. IGNOU officials, on the other hand, said this was only a termination of partnership with IGNOU, and the college was free to continue the course. “But we are not involved in any way,” the officials said.

Hindustan Aviation Academy’s partnership with IGNOU ran into rough weather last year