Students who have qualified for MTech programmes of Visvesvaraya Technological University through GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering) have not received the stipend for their post-graduate programme for nearly three years now. Engineering graduates are in the lurch as expenses for post-graduate programmes has shot through the roof.
Rakshita( name changed) from SJCE, Mysore, is pursuing MTech and has completed one year. “The university has not given us any remuneration. A GATE-qualified student is entitled to Rs 8,000 a month from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD), which has to be processed by VTU. But students across the state have not yet received any stipend,” she said.
She added, “Students have to pay up the additional semester and examination fee apart from hostel fees. GATE-qualified MTech students have not been given concession in the fee and hence we are paying Rs 65,000 each year to the University while the other students have to pay only Rs 24,000 per year”.
Another student, Rohit (name changed) said, “The VTU has set up regional centres in Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum and Gulbarga where MTech programmes are offered. Despite the fact that courses are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), VTU has not made any efforts to give stipend to PG programmes.”
Rohit added, “MTech students from across the state have sent several mails to the VTU, but there are has been no official response. It so difficult to get the right scores in GATE (conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology) and it is discouraging that the university denies the stipend to students.”
Meanwhile, Prof H Maheshappa, Vice-Chancellor, VTU, said, “The university is making every effort to ensure that students from all post-graduate courses and disciplines receive stipend. VTU has sent a circular to all affiliated colleges to directly contact the AICTE for stipends. Efforts are being made to solve the matter just a month before the commencement of this academic year for PG programmes.”