Nearly 100 candidates, having a degree in electrical and electronics engineering, went to the office of the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) at the LD College of Engineering on Thursday.
They claimed that they were not being considered for jobs despite being qualified engineers.The incident occurred while interviews were going on there for academic posts on contract at government degree and diploma colleges of the state.
On Thursday, the directorate of technical education had called nearly 5,000 meritorious candidates for interviews.
Over 25,000 students had applied for 650 posts of teachers on an 11-month contract at these colleges, said state education department officials. They added that nearly 22,000 applications were for teaching jobs at diploma engineering colleges requiring bachelor of engineering as the qualification.
To get this ad-hoc job, master of engineering was the minimum qualification needed. “When they had put out the advertisement, the authorities did not mention that students with degree in electrical and electronics engineering were not eligible for the job.
That is not the only point. But no colleges have master degree courses in the subject. So, we are left in the lurch now as we can neither get government jobs nor study further. The only option we have is to work for the industry, which does not pay well,” lamented Bhumi Panchal, one of the affected students.
ACPC officials said no government colleges, both diploma and degree, teach electrical and electronics engineering.
“When no such subjects are taught by the colleges, how can we recruit teachers for those subjects?” argued an official.
He, however, asked the students to submit an application specifying their grievances which would be forwarded to the directorate of technical education.