Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has decided to give permission for integrated and dual degree courses in engineering and management in its constituent and affiliated colleges from the next academic session.

“We are preparing modalities before allowing integrated and dual degrees in engineering and management disciplines from next academic session. While Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes Technology are offering dual engineering for a decade now, All India Council for Technical Education has given go-ahead a couple of years ago,” said J. K. Satpathy, BPUT Vice-Chancellor, over phone.

Mr. Satpathy said, “we will give permission to institutes based on the staff strength and infrastructure available with them.”

Scrutiny Committee under chairmanship of Employment and Technical Education and Training Secretary C. S. Kumar recently decided that the BPUT would conduct academic audit or inspection of the institutes concerned which would submit proposal to implement integrated and dual degree courses in engineering and management.

On receipt of the no-objection certificate of the government, the BPUT would grant provisional affiliation in favour of the institution to run the said courses. Moreover, BPUT would take steps to develop the course curriculum for the programmes.

It is to be noted that BPUT VC had constituted a committee comprising dean of engineering and dean of management to place their views. The committee had given its recommendation to start the programmes from constituent and affiliated colleges.

It was decided that Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Committee 2013 would conduct entrance examination for the integrated and dual degree courses and for direct admission into second year MCA programme.

“We are now not in a position to officer these integrated or dual courses as we are facing tough challenge to manage our general degree courses and find adequate candidates to fill up seats,” said Binod Dash of Odisha Private Engineering College Association.

‘We will give permission to institutes based on the staff strength and infrastructure available’