Indore : Shri Govindram Saksaria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS) is just falling short in fulfilling its ambition of becoming a deemed university due to lack of required land with the institute, rued technical education and skill development minister (independent) and chairman of governing body of the institute, Deepak Joshi. However, he at the same breath clarified that the institute would be made feature-complete to place it among the top 100 engineering institutes of the country.
The minister was in city to inaugurate a 170 capacity girls’ hostel of the institute built at a cost of Rs 2 crore and chair a meeting of the governing body of the Institute on GSITS campus on Saturday. Later, Joshi also interacted with media on the sidelines of the event.
On being asked by the media persons why the premier engineering institute was yet to be declared deemed university, while it deserves the most, Joshi said “The institute does not have enough land required for a university to be declared a deemed one. However, the government is considering separating RGPV in two parts, as presently it covers all private and government engineering colleges of the state.”
Prestigious engineering college does not have enough land to get deemed univ status: Joshi
Notably, SGSITS was established in 1952 and got autonomous status in 1989. However, the demand of declaring it as deemed university has been raised for the first time in 2000, but no progress is yet achieved in this direction.
Presently, the institute offers ten regular and four part time UG courses and PG programmes with twenty two specialisations, two part time PG courses in various disciplines under the emerging areas of engineering, technology, applied sciences, computer applications, management and pharmacy.
Short term courses on anvil
Minister Joshi informed that a short term certificate course would be designed to meet the demand of skilled workers in certain sectors, including industry, trade, retail and hotel. The department is working on it and likely to start from next month, he said.
Three new PG courses approved
During the meeting the governing body of the institute approved three PG courses to start from current academic year. The courses are Chemical Technology, Industrial Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. The meeting was attended by GSITS director Dr Rakesh Saxena, director of technical education, Dr Virendra Kumar, OSD of the minister, Laxminarayan Reddy, engineer Atul Sheth, Sunil Ajmera, ML Jain, DV Pathak and Rajesh Dhakad.