Minimum 15 engineering and management colleges in the state have been denied consent to take admission in the first year by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for violating code of conduct. A large number of these colleges are from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Subsequently, more than 7,000 seats in these colleges may not be accessible for students this admission season.
An authority from the state's technical education division confirmed that 15 colleges have not been given an augmentation of approval and one college from Nagpur has lost its recognition this year. AICTE acting chairman, Avinash Pant, was unoccupied for input. Sources said two more institutes in Mumbai have been given conclusion notices and were requested to transfer their students to close-by universities. These notifications were passed earlier, but institutes sought interim stay, which has lapsed. But there was no official confirmation of this.
Some colleges, which have been denied extension of approval, are popular with students for over three decades. Extensions were denied as there were deficiencies in the data uploaded on their portal, deficiency found during surprise visits, break in extension of approval, excessive admissions etc.
The colleges went under the AICTE scanner a year ago after a complaint was registerd by the Citizen Forum for Sanctity in Education. After test by a specialist board, the AICTE had issued them a no-affirmation request a year ago, as well. However, the universities moved court and got interim stay on the order.
Sudhir Savarkar, chief, Datta Meghe College, said, "We have the alternative of moving court. We have fulfilled most of the requirements."
There are 600 seats at the college accessible in the first year. Principal of MGM College, Kamothe, Sanjay Narayankhedkar, additionally said they would move to court, if need be. The school has around 840 seats in the first year.
A representative of the Citizen Forum, Vaibhav Narawade, then again, said that the last day endorsed by the Supreme Court for approval of universities by AICTE was April 30. If colleges need extension, they might have to move the SC.
While 15 colleges have been denied consent to take fresh admissions to the first year, the AICTE has given approval for 32 new colleges in the state. The board had got around 60 proposals for setting up new colleges of which, 50% applications were rejected. Not very many of these 32 new colleges are from Mumbai, said an administration official.
Vasantdada Patil College of Engineering, Sion, Datta Meghe College of Engineering (Navi Mumbai), Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering and Computer (Worli), MGM College of Engineering and Technology (Kamothe) Indira Gandhi College of Engineering (Koparkhairane), SIES College of Engineering (Navi Mumbai), KC College of Engineering (Thane) were a few colleges under AICTE's scanner.
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