The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) wrote to its affiliated institution requesting admission of military boarded out cadets on “sympathetic grounds”.
Rajive Kumar, member secretary of AICTE wrote to vice-chancellors, principals and directors of technical universities of AICTE- approved institutions seeking such admissions. The letter reads as “Explore the criteria for sympathetic consideration of such genuine cases for admission through lateral entry,”
Every year, cadets from military academic institutes across India are boarded out during their training due to physical injuries. These cadets struggle to continue with their academic courses as they do not get admissions by other institutes. The lateral entry scheme allows a cadet to continue his second year with same course in other institutes as per AICTE.
Ankur Chaturvedi, a boarded out army cadet (batch-1996), described the move as a small step in the right direction. “Most private universities and institutions are ready to absorb these cadets, but not the leading institutes. The Indian Army has its technical institutes such as the Army Institute Of Technology, Army Law College. They should absorb boarded out cadets without any hassles,” Chaturvedi stated.
“I was board out having only option as science to pursue my degree. The institution’s reputation was not convincing. I lost two crucial years of academics. Now, I am pursuing an engineering degree from a private college,” stated Kankshit Bhatty, former NDA cadet. ‘Cadets like we, need support’ he added
Some cadets from other military academics felt the Ministry of Defence should address the issue.
Source: Times of India