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The Times of India | Jaideep Deogharia | January 6, 2016 |

Ranchi: Off-campus students of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra have been asked to not to attend the 26th convocation ceremony of the institute on Sunday, which will see President Pranab Mukherjee distribute the certificates. BIT Mesra on Wednesday uploaded an urgent notice on its official website bitmesra.ac.in saying “the degree distribution in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations/Convocation on January 10, 2016 is only for students of BIT Mesra campus.” Sources said the last-minute decision was taken by the institute after the President’s office refused to confer degrees to students off the campuses, which were declared ‘unauthorized’ and directed to be shut down by the University Grants Commission (UGC) through a letter issued in November last year.  The UGC on November 9, 2015 shot off notices to 10 institutions, pointing out that the off-campus centres set up by them have been established in violation of clause 6 of the UGC guidelines and Article 12(5) of the Deemed University regulations of 2010.

BIT Mesra authorities have maintained complete silence on the fate of these students who obtained their degrees, few among them even recipients of gold medals.  The notice uploaded on website reads – Degrees of BIT students from extension centres (off-campuses) Kolkata, Lalpur, Deoghar, Patna, Noida, Allahabad, Jaipur and University Polytechnic will be distributed in their respective centres as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, which will be held at each of these off-campuses. Students from these centres, who have already registered, need not register again. These students should not come to BIT Mesra. Their degrees will be given to them at their own extension centre at a date to be announced shortly, read the notice.  Though vice chancellor Dr M K Mishra or registrar Dr A P Krishna did not respond to repeated phone calls by TOI, sources said off-campus students were allowed to register for convocation and around 300 of them have already registered. “Since the convocation is on Sunday, many of them have already booked their tickets and have applied for rooms being provided by the institute in its hostel,” said an official. – Courtesy


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