Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Violence at S.R.M

Being an alumnus of S.R.M Engineering College, the news about the violence on campus left me a bit saddened. The violence seems to have started when the students staged a protest to know about the status of approval from the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE). But this (link via Kaps) news items says that the college has lots its AICTE affiliation and the students would get B.Sc degrees instead of B.Tech degrees.

Is the AICTE approval something that is going on for all colleges now? So far, I've been hearing only good things about SRM since I graduated. I heard that they were expanding, had started new disciplines, etc. So this came as a surprise. Has the standard of the college fallen so much that the approval from AICTE was in doubt? Does the news about the change from B.Tech to B.Sc degree have any validity?

I have a lot of good memories from my 4 years at the college. The long morning and evening train rides, the shared lunches, the parottas at the neighboring eatery, the arattai sessions in the canteen... those were fun times. Even the grilling by the teachers, the last-minute cramming for the exams and the tension-filled wait for the results make for pleasant memories now. So its sad to hear that the college has been shut indefinitely. The students' futures are probably hanging in the air now. Hope this issue gets resolved speedily...

15 Comments:

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

Balaji,
As mentioned in my post, lot of engineering colleges in TN are getting into trouble. See this recent report on Bharath Institute of Higher Education...
http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/25/stories/2006022517000300.htm

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi said...

what is this deemed university thing?
I have never understood the concept!!

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-

I was shocked to read about this in Kaps blog,being an alumnus of SRM Easwari Engineering College, this whole episode is unfortunate. I can't imagine the fate of students who pay so many thousands a year to get a BE degree and now if they can only get B.Sc, definitely none of the students or their families will keep this quiet.

Please update if you know more info on this subject.

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger b a l a j i said...

BB,
Satyabama deemed univ has followed SRM's footsteps. I heard there were heavy loses there too

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

Balaji, violence is not new to SRM. Remember that fight with Crescent, in our first or second year. The bus was damaged and some guy(s) were in jail? I don't remember all the details of that one.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji,
SRM has been on the downslide ever since it was conferred the status of deemed university. Every branch has about 300 - 350 students and you can find many international students,
so this does'nt come as a surprise to me. Two years back when I visited the college I was shocked to see that the college had changed to a concrete jungle with little greenery around.

Guess Pachamuthu is busy making money ignoring tha basic philosophy

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

You might want to read this -
youthcurry.blogspot.com/2006/03/aicte-waking-up-from-61-years-of_03.html

 
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