Sunday, February 13, 2011

Problematic AICTE reports come back to haunt two IISc professors

From yesterday's ToI: CBI Seeks Nod to Prosecute IISc Professor [a statutory disclosure appears after the excerpt]:

Prof L M Patnaik, who is now on deputation and the sitting vice-chancellor of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, faces the threat of prosecution for allegedly giving misleading report to the All-India Council of Technical Education on starting a new engineering college near Chennai. Patnaik is allegedly a signatory to an expert committee report that visited the site at Mogappair, but recommended starting of a college at Koyambedu. [...]

... AICTE has asked IISc to take disciplinary action against a retired professor of computer science department for allegedly giving a false report regarding the facilities at an engineering college in Palakkad. The apex body sought action against D K Subramanian for being a signatory to a report that allegedly gave false information about lab facilities at a Kerala college. IISc will now write to AICTE stating that it can't take any action as the professor has retired.

[Disclosure: I have had some interactions with Prof. D.K. Subramanian; one of those was for my article on blogs and blogging which I wrote, at his request, for the newsletter of the Computer Society of India -- CSI Communications -- over five years ago. As for Prof. L.M. Patnaik, I do not recall any interaction with him.]


  1. Navaneethan Santhanam said...

    I'm not sure how relevant this is, but Koyambedu and Mogappair are pretty close to each other, so is it really that big of a deal in the first case?

  2. truti said...

    This is shocking! I used to be a boxwallah in Bangalore (used to sell Unix boxes for a living) >20 years ago. I have had several lively discussions with DKS and LMP. Between them the two have graduated at least 20 hot shot computer engineers who have gone on to make millions in the US with their skills. They are above and beyond reproach.