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DTE-Maharashtra plans to bridge the course for MCA Lateral entry

The directorate of technical education Maharashtra plans to start the uniform bridge course for the students who were admitted through the lateral entry this year for the Masters in Computer application course. DTE director said that a committee will meet next week to discuss this.

The Shivaji University Kolhapur had de-recognized the validity of the MCA course in September due to the concerns that the direct second year admission might create serious quality concern over the productivity of the degree. The decision has also affected 166 students from eight colleges in the division. The DTE had earlier this year allowed direct second year admissions or the lateral entry to BCA, BCS and the b.Sc (IT) students for the MCA course.

The director said they have reviewed the situation in the Shivaji University. In fact there was a meeting on Thursday between the officials, including vice-chancellor and the minister to discuss the matter. The quality concern seems legitimate and hence committee of the directors of the board of the college and the university development from Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolhapur universities will be formed. The first meeting of the committee will be called next week.

The director also said that no student suffers loss of academic year in the MCA Course. The committee will find the possibilities of the proposed uniform bridge course in the state universities.The Mumbai University currently runs the bridge course for its MCA second year students, the Pune University has passed an ordinance regarding the validity of the MCA lateral entry while the Shivaji University has neither passed an ordinance nor has any bridge course for the students.

MCA is the three years Masters degree course and the DTE had allowed lateral entry or direct second year admissions to the eligible to BCA Course,BCS and B.Sc IT passed students from this year. The Shivaji University had de-recognized the lateral entry admissions in its division and according to the varsity officials they had communicated the issue with the DTE officials and the colleges.

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