The Nepal Engineering Council the apex body for monitoring engineering colleges, has warned five colleges affiliated to Tribhuvan University and Purbanchal University of scrapping their licences if they don't abide by accepted legal procedures by the end of this academic session.
According to Nepal Engineering Council Chairperson Shaligram Singh, Nepal engineering college on Monday issued written directives to the following colleges.
Nepal Engineering Council has decided to take tough measures against Janakpur Engineering College, Kathford International College of Engineering and Management and Kantipur City College on charges of admitting 96 students in different streams of the Bachelors in Engineering porgramme although they were only permitted between 24 to 48 seats in each department.
HIST was found to be running a Masters programme in Engineering Management and Information System Engineering without approval. HIST is owned by Nepal Engineering Council board member Engineer Mahendra Gurung who is also the chairperson of the Nepal Engineers´ Association.
Meanwhile, principal of Janakpur Engineering College Ram Briksh Yadav claimed that his college had begun the process of registering for more seats with the council. “We want the council to give us a chance.” According to Singh, students will either have to be shifted to other colleges or the colleges can be given time to upgrade their infrastructure.
Clause 15 of the Engineering Council Regulation 2000 mandated permission rights to the Nepal Engineering Council to establish engineering colleges and recommend the Ministry of Education to scrap licences if found to have violated legal procedures. As per the rule, graduate of those colleges operating without the Council's approval are automatically disqualified for its certificates in their professional career.
According to Saligram Singh, chairperson of the Nepal Engineering Council, the Council can initiate the licence cancellation process if it finds the colleges guilty of breaching rules three times. However, it has not cancelled any college licences till date even though multiple inspections revealed that colleges were not meeting criteria and violating legal provisions. “We will start the process to cancel their licences if they don’t follow our directives within this academic session.” he added. Colleges need to secure at least 70 percent in the NEC monitoring score.