The fate of the five engineering colleges in Khammam district which were recently caught in manipulating the web options of EAMCET qualifiers who were trying for admissions to engineering colleges is in the hands of the state government now who will take its final call in a few days. Due to this manipulation, the police had also sought cancellation of recognition against these colleges.
In response to the notices slammed by the commissioner of technical education, the principal secretary of higher education will take a decision on the matter soon after going through the explanations given by the college managements thoroughly.
Khammam superintendent of police, P Hari Kumar had written a letter to the commissioner of technical education and AP State Council for Higher Education recommending cancellation of recognition of the five engineering colleges. The police has registered a total number of 14 cases against people who were involved in this including two promoters of the colleges, and sleuths found the accused manipulating the web options of 35 students.
The 14 accused also include the owners of two colleges, Parupalli Ushakiran and Pulipati Prasad where Ushakiran is the correspondent of three engineering colleges— Vijaya Engineering College, Meda Institute of Engineering & Technology and Kavitha Engineering College and Prasad is the owner of Pulipati Prasad Engineering College.
The notices were been sent to the five colleges asking them the explanation by September 26, as soon the recommendation letter was received by the Khammam police. The colleges responded to the notices and sent their explanation to commissioner of technical education, K Lakshimnaryana.
In the last week of September, as Lakshimnaryana retired from his post, special secretary to higher education, Dobriyal took additional charge as the commissioner. Due to this the sending of the explanation was delayed a little as there was no full time commissioner.
According to the joint director of technical education, Srinivas, “They would forward the colleges' explanations in a couple of days to the principal secretary (higher education) who will take appropriate action against the college managements if he is not satisfied with their explanations.”
However, APSCHE secretary, N Rajasekhara Reddy said, “That the principal secretary may take three kinds of action— recommend to the government to take back the recognition accorded to the college, recommend to the respective university to disaffiliate the college or recommend to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to cancel the recognition.”