Staff Reporter

Students have to opt for spending one more year

  • Students to get B.Tech(computers) degree additionally
  • JNTU colleges to admit foreign students from new academic year

    HYDERABAD: Students joining Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) can obtain two degrees by spending one additional year from next year onwards.

    JNTU Vice-Chancellor K. Rajagopal said the dual degree programme would be offered to students joining the four-year B.Tech degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Chemical and Civil Engineering streams. By spending an additional year they can obtain B.Tech (computers) degree apart from the regular degree.

    "We have decided to introduce this given the growing importance of these engineers in the IT sector," he said. Dr. Rajagopal said a committee had been constituted and it was finalising the modalities and syllabus for the new stream.

    However, students would have to give their option at the time of joining the course itself and they cannot go back on their assurance. The fee for the fifth year would be the same paid during the four years.

    Existing students cannot opt for the dual programme. The university has also decided to open its doors to international students from the coming academic year in all its constituent colleges. An additional 15 per cent seats would be created under the supernumerary quota to accommodate them.

    "We are studying the model of Pune University, where maximum number of foreign students join, and then take a decision on the modalities of admission and fee," the Vice-Chancellor said.

    He said the fee was likely to be five times higher than that charged from Indian students. The university had received letters from bodies enquiring about admission of foreign nationals.

    The university wanted to use the services of Indian embassies in various countries, particularly African and Middle-East, to popularise the new initiatives.