Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday November 13 2006 11:15 IST
BHUBANESWAR: C V Raman College of Engineering, one of the oldest technical institutes in the city, will seek deemed university status.
Concerned over the inevitable competition from the entry of foreign universities in the state in the coming years, Chairman of the institute Sanjiv Rout said the deemed university status would give it a free hand and flexibility to face challenges.
‘‘We will have autonomy in reforming our course curriculum, increase quality of education, introduce new programmes and think of far-reaching initiatives which can keep us in the forefront of the changing realities,’’ he said.
Currently on a major expansion drive, the college has firmed up plans to introduce sought after subjects like PG programme in computer science, M Tech in Telecommunication and MBA from the coming academic session. The deemed university status would also be bestowed by then, he said.
‘‘We were also toying with the idea of introducing emerging courses having immense job potential, but we decided to wait for some more time as the awareness level was yet to pick up,’’ he observed. However, going by the exponential growth in the tourism industry, he said, tourism management programme will be imparted soon in collaboration with a foreign institute.
Its diploma institute is also set for a new beginning. The management has sought to convert it into a centre of excellence and has urged the Union Government to include it in its list of the possible institutes, which it proposes to convert into world class centres.
Today corporate India is increasingly looking at diploma holders to manage jobs of degree holders who are running after IT firms sacrificing there core disciplines. Therefore, raising standard of diploma holders has become inevitable, the chairman said. He said plans are afoot to open five such centres in the State including one at Duburi.
The college’s ambitious communication lab, for grooming and developing students soft skills, is also set to start operation soon.
While the British Council in Kolkata has extended its expertise, IIT Kharagpur is providing the technical inputs. In the coming years, Rout concluded, students of other institutes can also enrol here.