Four colleges namely, Dr. J J Magdum College (Kolhapur), Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Pratishthans College (Sion), Thadomal Shahani College (Bandra) and Anjuman-I-Islam’s Saboo Siddik College (Byculla) have been pointed out for not conforming to the guidelines of AICTE in a letter sent to the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
These colleges have reportedly allocated seats to students seeking admission in various engineering courses. Thadomal Shahani has allocated seats to about 250 students whereas Vasantdada Patil has granted admissions to 190 students in their first round of counselling.
Since these colleges do not adhere to the guidelines of AICTE, a circular was sent to them barring them to admit students for the courses in the academic year of 2016-17. However, not abiding by the same, the colleges went ahead with the counselling procedure for admissions, following which AICTE has approached SC. The future and fate of the students who have taken admission in these colleges can only be decided after the Supreme Court’s decision. If the court rules cancellation of these colleges, AICTE will further announce guidelines on whether to shift the students allocated seats to other colleges.
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A total of 54 colleges were found to have been defaulted in the first place. Out of these, many colleges approached the High Court and 10 of them were granted stay.
As a norm, all engineering colleges have to seek approval from AICTE every year for their affiliation to remain valid. The evaluations are based on the affidavits regarding the details of infrastructure, staff/ faculty strength and other facilities that have to be submitted by the institutions.