Waljat college issues statement on stopping new admissions

Muscat Daily, page 2, December 17

We refer to the news that appeared with regard to stopping new admissions by Waljat College of Applied Sciences.

We reproduce the English translation of the Ministerial Decision as under: Article 1: New students shall cease to be admitted to Waljat College of Applied Sciences Article 2: Waljat College of Applied Sciences shall adhere to pursue its academic activity and maintain quality of its academic program, until registered students complete their studies and obtain academic qualification in association with Birla Institute of Technology (BIT).

We attach here the Ministerial Decision in Arabic for your ready reference. We wish to clarify as follows: “The Ministerial Decision was issued in accordance with the request of our college to stop accepting new students and allow the college to continue its academic activities and maintain quality of its academic programmes until the existing registered students complete their studies and obtain academic qualification in association with Birla Institute of Technology, that has assured cooperation and support for the next three years to ensure that existing students graduate with degrees and diplomas until July 2021.”

We find the headline, ‘Waljat college barred from new admissions’ is misleading. We, therefore, request you to clarify the headline and its content as the factual statement should be ‘Waljat College of Applied Sciences allowed by the ministry to stop accepting new students’ or ‘Waljat College of Applied Sciences stops accepting new students’.

The above mentioned decision was beyond the control of the college as our academic partner, Birla Institute of Technology in India, has decided to discontinue its affiliation with our college due to University Grants Commission – the higher education regulatory of India - by regulation 2016, which prohibits BIT from affiliating with colleges from outside India.

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