AUT defends refusal of affiliation to Alagiri`s co

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 17:56

Madurai: The Anna University of Technology has
informed the Madras High Court Bench that there was no
political vendetta in its refusal to give affiliation to an
engineering college set up by an educational trust in which
Union Minister M K Alagiri is one of the trustees.

AUT had rightly rejected affiliation to the college. The
petitioner`s averments that this respondent had acted as
political agent of the ruling party due to political vendetta
was denied, AUT, Madurai, Registrar E B Perumal Pillai said in
a counter-affidavit on the petition filed by the college.

The Dhaya Engineering College set up by the M.K.Alagiri
Educational Trust at Sivarakottai near here in its petition
has challenged the AUT order rejecting affiliation to it for
the current academic year 2011-12.

The AUT Registrar said the university had in July last
refused affiliation on the ground of certain deficiencies
including in terms of books and location of cafeteria. The
college then claimed the defects had been rectified and filed
a petition in the high court.

Pursuant to the disposal of the petition, AUT formed a new
team to inspect the college, but the authorities did not
permit the team to make a comprehensive inspection. Hence it
gave a report stating that it was not in a position either to
recommend or not to recommend grant of affiliation.

Also when the AUT approached the District Collector as per
a court direction on allegation by a local farmers association
that irrigation channels had been destroyed for construction
of the college building, it was informed the college had not
obtained plan approval from the Director of Town and Country
Planning, the counter said.

The Collector also said the college neither obtained his
consent for conversion of wet land to construct the college
building nor clearance required as per relevant law.

The AUT said the college also did not submit various
documents such as certificates for land conversion, electrical
safety, structural safety of the building and master timetable
for all courses with the classroom arrangements.

The counter said the issue had been taken to the notice of
All India Council for Technical education which had granted
approval to the college.

The case has been posted for hearing on September 30.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 17:56

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