Mumbai: Twenty one engineering colleges in
Maharashtra may not be able to admit students this year as the
Bombay High Court has ordered All India Council for Technical
Education (AICTE) to inspect these institutions within two
months and then take a decision on granting approval to them.
Hearing a petition filed by a group of colleges,
Justice D D Sinha and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, last Friday,
ordered AICTE to inspect the institutions and take a decision
within 15 days on granting approval to them.
The colleges had moved the High Court after the
approval granted to them was rejected.
The petitioners had earlier approached AICTE for
approval which rejected their plea. Later, the appellate body
of AICTE granted approval and included their names in the
However, in June, the colleges received a
communication from AICTE saying their approval had been
rejected. Being aggrieved, they moved the High Court.
The colleges contended that the approval granted by
the appellate body could not be cancelled by AICTE when the
admission process had reached its fag end.
AICTE argued that the appellate body had no powers to
grant approval and that it had merely recommended that
approval may be granted to these colleges.
The final call has to be taken by the main body and
not appellate organisation, AICTE submitted.