KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Nepal Engineering Council (NEC) has scrapped the licenses of two engineering colleges--Janakpur Engineering College (JEC), Tinkune and Kathford International College of Engineering and Management (KICEM), Balkumari--after they were found admitting twice as many students as cleared with the NEC.
The NEC has estimated that at least 600 students of the two colleges will be affected.
The council has acted against JEC and KICEM on the charge of admitting 96 students each in civil, electronic and computer engineering departments although the colleges were permitted only 48 seats in each department. Both colleges are affiliated to the Tribhuvan University (TU) and offer BE programs. As per the rule, the graduates of banned colleges are automatically disqualified for the council certificate in their professional career."
"NEC has officially disqualified the colleges for new admission whereas decision has yet to be taken regarding the students who are already studying there," said Sumitra Amatya, board member of the council. "It is our general appeal to students to avoid these two colleges or they would not receive official career certificate in future."
Amatya added that the council had been warning the colleges on the issue for the last three year“. "We were flexible in the beginning but these colleges turned a deaf year to our warnings," she added. "Engineering education is not a joke to be conducted in ill-equipped institutions."
According to her, the council in its regular inspection had found that the colleges had failed to fulfill minimum facility for the students of the technical field.
JEC established in 2006, has been charging as much as Rs 650,000 each for the students of engineering for four years bachelors´ course though the fee was Rs 450,000 until 2010.
KICEM was established in 2003 and runs civil, computer and electronic engineering classes at bachelors´ level. Following news about the colleges licenses being scrapped, bewilderment has spread among the students.
A BE civil engineering third year student with Yadav surname at JEC said that the college administration has not informed them about the license annulment.
"My family has already paid over Rs 300,000 and I have already spent three years here. I ask the government to find a solution to the predicament of the students like me," he said. Another student Mintu Sah echoed Yadav. The students said they were frustrated from the very beginning because of the low level of facilities at the college.
Meanwhile, the officials of neither college were available for comment.