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Published On:29 June 2011
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Bhopal’s MANIT becomes first NIT to hold Academic Audit in India

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, (MANIT), Bhopal is the first NIT in India to have conducted an Academic Audit which is unique in itself as none other among the more than two dozen NITs in the country have taken this extra-ordinary step.

Addressing a Press conference here A. N. Singh, chairman of the Board of Governors, (BoGs), of MANIT, while highlighting the achievements in the last two to three years under his stewardship said following the Academic Audit, undertaken by IIT professors, the recommendations would be implemented for achieving academic excellence in the institute. Among the major recommendations include strengthening of laboratories of the institute and bringing about changes in the syllabi, he added.

Mr. Singh, who is in running fourth year of his five year term, claimed that not only the Academic Audit but to enhance the quality of education imparted in the institute the Ph. D. thesis is being sent to external examiners with one of them from an internationally acclaimed institute.

He informed that a fund of Rs. 5 crore was allocated for research work with 100 per cent utilization. Giving fillip to academic excellence more than 50 faculty members of MANIT have visited abroad to present their research papers/chair sessions in various international conferences, he added.

Replying to a question Mr. Singh said that MANIT administration will terminate the services of five faculty members after serving them show-cause notices as their appointments made in 2005 were found to be illegal after scrutiny. He said that a two-member committee found the appointment illegal on the ground that the appointees did not fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria required for appointment. However, he did not reveal their names.

Apart from this disciplinary action would be taken against eight other faculty members whose appointment were found to be irregular and 15 members of the scrutiny committee who allegedly prevented more eligible candidates from appearing in interviews for selection, he informed.

It may be pointed out here that the two-member fact finding committee took up the case-to-case enquiry of the 65 appointments made in 2005 after a letter was received from the Ministry of HRD to revoke the appointments. However, the letter said the rescinding of appointment orders should take place as per prevalent rules which demanded enquiry case by case. Earlier, CBI had found irregularities in the appointments.

Earlier, briefing news persons MANIT Registrar Mrs. Savita Raje revealed that the institute being in high demand all the undergraduate seats – 817 B. Tech and 120 B. Arch in the college have been filled up during the recent counseling on the basis of AIEEE. This year students with better rank opted for MANIT as last year the cut off mark for admission at MANIT was AIEEE 16000 but this time round it went up to rank 13000. MANIT’s credibility has increased and holds 22nd position in All India Ranking in 2011, she informed.

Mrs. Raje said eminent personalities like Mr. Justice A. K. Patnaik, Dr. A. Sivthanu Pillai of DRDO; Padma Vibhushan Dr. Jayant Narlikar; Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India; have visited the institute for mentoring and inspiring the faculty and the students. Mr. M. N. Buch, Padmabhushan award recipient, has been appointed as the Mentor of the institute.

The BoGs members Er. Vipin Malik and Er. Khalid Rauf, who are the alumni of MANIT In-charge Director Dr. V. K. Khare and PRO Vinita Mohindra were present amongst others during the Press conference.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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