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St Xaviers, Asia get the nod for BCA courses from 2002 Saturday, October 20, 2001
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AHMEDABAD: After much red tape and needless legal tangles St Xavier's College and Asia Trust were got the Gujarat University executive council's approval on Thursday. Local inquiry committees will now be sent to ensure that the two campuses have the requisite infrastructure to start the courses in 2002.
"We could have started the courses this year as well, but approval for next year is fine," St Xavier's College principal Francis Parmar told TNN. "We are already running a reputed diploma course with students who would have been more than happy to shift over to BCA, not giving us any problem in filling seats. All the same, it is better we start next year."
St Xavier's College is one of the few institutions in the state assessed by the University Grants Commission's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore.
M P Chandran of Asia on the other hand said all bright students were already taken. So it made no sense to start college this year. "However, if the approval had come a little earlier, it could have benefited us," he added. "There were too many unnecessary delays in granting us approval."
The executive council members on Thursday also decided not to allow new BCA colleges to fill up vacant seats on their own. Members like Jagdish Bhavsar suggested that allowing management to fill up seats would set a wrong precedent. If the seats had to be filled, then the university should activate its list and complete the admissions.
Of the 960 seats in eight new BCA colleges, only 265 have been filled, prompting managements to ask the university to give them a free hand in filling the seats. The executive council, however, may not allow such freedom considering the diverse opinion among its members.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]