Staff Reporter

Bharathidasan University revives School of Engineering and Technology

TIRUCHI: Bharathidasan University formally revived its School of Engineering and Technology on Monday, offering four Integrated M.Tech programmes.

The six-year programmes in Biotechnology, Computer Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Geotechnology and Geoinformatics, offered under Choice-Based Credit System, provides scope for candidates to complete their studies in five years in a fast track mode. Candidates can also opt out after completing B.Tech in four years. They can obtain B.Tech in three years, provided they complete the specified number of credits. The university had also made a provision for lateral admission of candidates with relevant B.Tech and M.Sc. for the M.Tech programmes, M.A. Akbarsha, Coordinator, M.Tech Programmes, said.

According to the Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko, more M.Tech programmes are in the offing. The programmes will be offered both in English and Tamil Medium. He announced 33 per cent fee concession for those opting for Tamil media and the university’s guarantee for their placement.

Aiming for a composite character, Bharathidasan University was the first general university in the State to start a School for Engineering and Technology in the mid-nineties with B.Tech programmes in unconventional areas such as Pharmaceutical Engineering, Petroleum and Petrochemical Technology and Automobile Engineering.

The University’s decision to start the programme without the consent of All India Council for Technical Education was challenged in the court of law and the High Court judgement went in favour of the petitioner. However, the University subsequently obtained a ruling in its favour in the Supreme Court. As per the order, it is not necessary for a general university to obtain prior permission of the AICTE for starting engineering programmes.

In the recent years conventional engineering programmes were added in the School and AICTE approval was also obtained.

It was christened as Bharathidasan Institute of Technology after upgradation with quality infrastructure and faculty by the former Vice-Chancellor C. Thangamuthu.