12 engineering colleges in Maharashtra, which were previously barred from admitting students, have been allowed by the Bombay high court to continue being part of the common admission process. A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice V L Achliya, however, asked the managements of the colleges to update about the steps that they have taken to remove the deficiencies pointed out by the AICTE in these institutions.
The court said that the deficiency aspect requires consideration, adding that they also need to consider whether the requisite facilities and infrastructure are available to the students. The judges also focussed on the shortfall in faculty which was mentioned in the case of some colleges. “The lack of the adequate teachers is a problem and continues for years. If the managements want to run the college they have to ensure standards are maintained”, the bench said.
The judges also pointed to the conditions that managements have to provide specific area of land for the college campuses.
According to media reports, the colleges had approached the high court, which had earlier in an interim order, allowed their names to be mentioned in the list of institutions in the common admission process. The college managements claimed they had not been given a proper opportunity to present their side and many of the deficiencies had been removed. They also said that the faculty problems were due to lack of timely approvals by the state and university authorities.
The HC has scheduled further hearing of the case on July 9. The CAP round commences from Friday, when students will have to confirm their choice of colleges. The first round of college allotments will be held on June 30, 2015.
According to Citizen Forum for Sanctity in Education System, these 12 engineering colleges in Mumbai had failed to follow AICTE norms—having good infrastructure, land and enough of teaching staff—because of which they were issued show cause notice. AICTE will now give them a hearing before taking a decision.
There are about 25 engineering colleges in Maharashtra awaiting AICTE approval. Of these, 12 are in Mumbai.