Institute shuts, risks 600 students future

Vishal Joshi

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, August 9

The future of about 600 students enrolled at Geeta Institute of Management and Technology (GITM) at Kanipla village in the district hangs in the balance as the college administration abruptly announced its closure last week.

Sources said Akhil Garg, joint director and promoter of the GITM, issued a letter to the staff and students on August 1, declaring the institute had been shut with immediate effect.

Financial crunch was stated as the cause of closure in the notice. The institute offered MTech, BTech, BBA, MBA and MCA courses. Students submitted representations to the Kurukshetra University (KU) authorities.

Requesting anonymity, a final-year student said there was no one in the college to answer their queries. The students were shocked to know that the management had asked them to get admissions in other institutes ahead of the new academic session, he added.

“The college collected fees for the next semester. Representatives from private institutes in Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamunanagar districts have started contacting GITM students for admission to their colleges. Some have taken up to Rs 30,000 to secure a seat in the new session,” said another student.

An official said the teaching and non-teaching staff had been asked to put in their papers. “We have not been paid for the last several months and the authorities are unavailable to employees,” said a GITM staffer.

Refusing to comment, Garg said only institute chairman Rakesh Goyal could make any statement on the issue. He refused to share contact details of the chairman.

Principal SP Sharma disconnected the mobile phone when questioned about the fate of students after the institute’s closure.

The KU authorities said the GITM decision was in violation of rules laid down by the All India Council of Technology Education (AICTE).

University’s Dean of Colleges Rajnish Sharma said he had written to the AICTE and Haryana Technical Education Department, asking them to intervene and initiate strict disciplinary action against the GITM.

He clarified that the KU could grant migration certificate to GITM students in case the closure was without approval of the AICTE.

“The college cannot put the future of students in jeopardy with this arbitrary decision. It is mandatory for an institute to submit closure proposal one year ahead of the new academic session. In case of closure, the institute is liable to pay the additional fee which a student has to pay for getting admission in a new college,” he said.

He said security fee of the GITM could be forfeited for not adhering to rules. “It is an emergency wherein students are suffering. If the AICTE and Haryana Technical Education Department allow us, the KU can initiate counselling for GITM students to ensure admission in various institutes this session,” said Sharma.