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Close Call (shut down) for Engineering Colleges in Telengana

The New Indian Express |  By Vikram Mukka | 18th December 2014 |

HYDERABAD: They once ruled the roost and enjoyed a healthy relationship with the governments of the day. But those heydays for managements of engineering colleges ended in Telangana when the government cracked the whip against 174 errant colleges. Now, they are caught between the devil and the deep sea. For the dejected managements who were contemplating closure owing to severe dip in the admissions this year, the ‘convoluted’ process of All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has only worsened their despair. Around 50 colleges are mulling the option of downing the shutters from the next academic year 2014-15. To shut down the colleges, the managements have to pay Rs 3 lakh towards processing fee to AICTE, procure a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the university concerned and the State government. Besides, a team of AICTE officials visits the respective colleges before granting the permission.

Having known this procedure for shutting down colleges, the perplexed managements are their wit’s end as they feel it’s as bad as launching a new college. “This is not going to end soon. Whether you set up a college or want to close it down, it involves too much procedures and processes,” rued an annoyed correspondent of a college, who is planning to apply for closure in January. A requisition has been placed with  AICTE officials to do away with the processing fee completely and visit of the team of officials. The response of AICTE executive council is still awaited. “One can understand paying fee and complying with various norms to set up a college. But having such a round-about method would further exacerbate the woes of managements which have already gone bankrupt,” says Telangana Engineering and Professional Colleges Management Association chairman N Gowtham Rao. Meanwhile, officials in the AICTE regional office said that a notification for applying for introducing new courses/colleges and shutting down colleges would be issued in the first week of January.


JNTU inspection exposes shortcomings in engineering colleges

The Times of India | |

HYDERABAD: Several engineering colleges, which have failed to provide facilities as prescribed by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), may not be allowed to function this academic year. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) which has completed inspection of 164 colleges following the Supreme Court directive said that all colleges failed to comply with the rules in spite of repeated warnings. About 10 colleges even prevented JNTU inspectors from entering their premises. JNTU authorities said that the colleges which failed to meet AICTE standards would have to face closure till they fulfill the norms. Authorities, however, did not reveal how many colleges would face the music. The inspections started on November 26 and JNTU is expected to submit its report by this month-end. In case of cancellation of affiliation the colleges, which have admitted hundreds of students, would face doom. “There are several students studying in these colleges. They will have to shift students to other colleges,” a JNTU source said.
During preliminary inspections conducted by the JNTU, most colleges were found to have less than half the required faculty strength. Some were found to have violated even building rules (As per AICTE rules, each class room should have a minimum of 66 sq metres), sources said. As per JNTU sources, colleges which have shortcomings in five major areas – faculty, land, building, laboratory and library – will face closure. The colleges which lack minor facilities like computers and other equipment, would be given a conditional affiliation and would be allowed for another month during which they should rectify the shortcomings. “Some colleges even ‘borrowed’ faculty members from other institutions ahead of the inspections. If found guilty of this, colleges will be penalized,” a JNTU top official said. The officials said that a small percentage of colleges had flouted building norms despite several warnings. “Such shortcomings will not be taken lightly. The final report will show how many colleges will be allowed to function,” said a JNTU official who was part of the inspection team.


Tamilnadu PMK chief S. Ramadoss wants Anna university to take over erring engineering colleges

DC CORRESPONDENT | December 15, 2014 |

Chennai: PMK chief S. Ramadoss on Sunday expressed shock over the Centre’s data that about 25 per cent of engineering colleges that had violated rules are in the state and urged the state government to take over such erring institutions to provide quality education. “Engineering colleges that violate rules should be taken over by the government and brought under the control of Anna University,” he said in a statement. “In the past four years, of the colleges that have been identified as having violated AICTE rules nationally, 20-25 per cent belong to TN,” he said, quoting Union minister Ram Shankar Katheria’s reply in Parliament.TN has 532 engineering colleges, the second highest after AP at 670 of the total of 3,389 in India.

Charging some engineering colleges with collecting fees at least twice more than what was fixed, he said some institutions in cities like Chennai and Coimbatore take many times more than the stipulated fee. “Students are fleeced by several colleges though they do not have sufficient infrastructure and qualified teachers,” he said, adding that though AICTE had found 146 engineering colleges had violated rules in the past three-and-a-half years, no action had been taken. He also said it was the duty of Anna University to release the list of erring colleges to keep students and parents in the know.


70 Engineering Colleges To Shutdown In Telangana: denied affiliation by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU-H) Hyderabad

Gulte.com | December 13th, 2014 |

In a major development more than 60-70 colleges may soon shut their operations in Telangana. According to sources out of 174 colleges, these colleges were denied affiliation by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad just before the start of EAMCET counselling. Earlier team of technical experts from IIT Hyderabad,BITS Pilani, Hyderbad campus, Osmania University and other polytechnic colleges inspected 164 of 174 colleges. These are the same colleges whose management approached court against the decision of JNTU. Ten colleges already closed and many of them shockingly denied permission to experts to inspect their premises. Even JNTU-H should explain to court how they denied affiliation to these colleges were renewed last year when it refused this year.

Tamil Nadu engineering colleges flout (ignore, disregard) AICTE rules

Deccan Chronicle | N. ARUN KUMAR | December 04, 2014 |

45 private engineering colleges from Tamil Nadu have been identified as norm violators this year whereas the number was 81 in the 2012-13 academic year.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu not only has a great number of engineering colleges, but also the most that violate norms laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to ministry of human resource development (MHRD) statistics, 45 private engineering colleges from Tamil Nadu have been identified as violators this year whereas the number was 81 in the 2012-13 academic year. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha recently, minister of state for HRD Prof. Ram Shankar Katheria said of the 3,000-odd engineering colleges in the country, AICTE had inspected 1,007 in 2011-12, 1,425 in 2012-13, 888 in 2013-14 and 712 so far this year.  A total of 82 colleges across the country had violated AICTE norms in 2011-12, of which 16 were from Tamil Nadu. The  following year, the council identified 331 institutions in the country of which about 25 per cent (81) were from TN. In the 2013-14 academic year, of 80 in India, four turned out to be from TN, and this year so far 45 out of 233 colleges in the country were from TN. Prof.  Katheria said the AICTE had taken punitive action against such institutes.

 Speaking to DC on Wednesday, AICTE chairman Prof.S.S.Mantha said as TN had more engineering colleges the council would have received more complaints from the state. “When we get complaints to do with lack of infrastructure, excess fee collection, demands for capitation fee, or lack of faculty in institutions, we conduct inspections, and based on the outcome, we initiate action, such as reduction of intake in the institution or closure of colleges,” he said.  Pointing out that the AICTE had closed down five private engineering colleges in TN in the past, Prof.Mantha said that Anna University got regular updates on reduction and increase in intake every year during admission to engineering colleges; it had been a routine process for long.  Voicing his concern about the lack of quality in most of the private engineering colleges in the state, former Anna University vice-chancellor and ex-member of the UPSC Prof E.Balagurusamy said that both the AICTE and Anna University ought to upload the list of colleges, which had flouted AICTE norms for the benefit of students.  “The state government and Anna University should take steps to make private engineering colleges improve infrastructure. Anna University comes up with a list of colleges which don’t adhere to their norms and later don’t take any follow up action on these colleges; college managements therefore don’t take Anna University seriously,” he said.


Court order FIR against Indore Oriental University for allegedly running engineering courses

Times of India | | Indore | Madhya Pradesh |

INDORE: District court has ordered registration of an FIR against Oriental University bosses for allegedly running engineering courses without having recognition from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Hearing petition of Sanjay Kotwar, who took admission in diploma in civil engineering course in the university in 2011, judicial magistrate first class DR Kumhare ordered to register a case for fraud under section 420 of IPC against varsity’s founder chancellor KL Thakral, director Gaurav Thakral and principal HR Singh. Counsel for petitioner, Mahendra Mishra, said, “The court has found that students are being misled with false advertisement.” AICTE regional officer in Bhopal, Sandeep Salodkar, said Oriental University is not recognized by the apex regulatory body.  Kotwar after completing plus two from MP Board took admission on the basis of a pamphlet provided by the university mentioning that university is AICTE-recognized to run engineering courses.


UGC warns students against unapproved study centres, off campus centres, franchisee institutions

Indian Express | Express News Service | Pune | Posted: November 5, 2014 |

University Grants Commission has issued circular warning students against taking admission in unapproved study centres/ off campus centres/ franchisee institutions. These institutions do not have affiliation to any state university/ private university or deemed university but in the advertisements published by them in the national dailies, they claim to have so. “It is a matter of serious concern that advertisements are published by certain private institutions in national dailies offering opportunities for the award of university degrees through various franchisee programmes. Such private institutions claim themselves as study centres of different universities and lure students to enroll in various unapproved programmes. This is a blatant contravention of the UGC’s rules and regulations,” said the notice by UGC.

Nidheesh is an IT professional who got admission into such a study centre in Pune for a four year postal BTech course in 2011. “For the first two years, they used to conduct proper exams and give us marksheets. But whenever we used to ask them about the university marksheet, they would give some excuse,” said Nidheesh who is a resident of Bengaluru now. “Now when we started pressurizing them, they asked us to come to their office and when we went there we came to know that they have vacated the premises as it was in a rented space and all of us have lost our money and precious three years,” added Nidheesh.

The notice by UGC further asks students to check their official website for further information. “The general public is also advised to refer the detailed public notice dated 12th July 2013 issued by the UGC or visit its website ugc.ac.in in regards to various regulatory provisions pertaining to Universities and their functioning,” says the notice.  Courtesy  UGC Link

Two city college principals booked for wrong information on courses on offer ; Mumbai

Indian Express |Express News Service | Mumbai | October 29, 2014  |

A year after the employees of Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil College at Sion-Chunabhatti complained to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) regarding the misrepresentation of facts by the college to get courses sanctioned and approved, the Wadala Truck Terminal police registered an FIR on Monday evening, against the principals of two colleges. They also registered cases against the president and general secretary of the college management for cheating, submitting false documents and forgery. According to Mahesh singh Thakur, general secretary of Dharamrajya Kaamgar Karmchari Mahasangh (DKKM) that has been at the forefront of exposing the fraud by the management of the two colleges since past few years said that it is sad that despite the AICTE and DTE being made aware of the fraud, no action was taken against the management. “We have been working to highlight the cheating and fraudulent means by which the college management has flouted AICTE and DTE norms since the past year. Even after a case was made out about the same on the instructions of the court that was hearing our petition, the government did nothing to register a case nor took any action against the management. Our organization had to pursue the matter and finally an FIR has been registered against the college officials and management,” said Thakur.

The FIR has been registered against Dr. KTV Reddy — principal of Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil’s College of Engineering, Ashok Chavan — principal of Manohar Phalke Polytechnic college, trustee of the college Dhanaji Jadhav and secretary of the trust Ashalata Phalke under section 420 (Cheating), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 464 (Making a false document) and 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) According to the FIR, the college management has misled the authorities into believing that they have fulfilled all criteria for continuation of their existence and affiliation but the fact is that the details of area used for various facilities like library, laboratory, recreation room, and so on is much lesser than the actual. This has been a clear case of misrepresentation of facts and fraud. Last year, the BMC had also carried out demolition of two upper floors of the college as it was declared unauthorised.


Supreme Court (SC) pulls up AICTE, univesity for delay

The Hindu | J. Venkatesan |

Authorities like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), who are in-charge of granting approval, preparing syllabus and imparting education are required to behave with responsibility and not cause any inconvenience to students, the Supreme Court has held. Giving this ruling a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit said, “when an attitude of apathy or lackadaisical propensity or proclivity of procrastination of the statutory authorities creeps in as a consequence of which the time schedule meant for approval of the educational institutions and commencement of the courses is not adhered to, a feeling of devouring darkness seems to reign supreme as if “things fall apart.”


Supreme Court gives NOD for PGDM admissions 2015-16; B Schools in pre AICTE 2010 notification mode

MBAUniverse.com | 15 Oct 2014 |

Hon`ble Supreme Court has today on October 15, 2014 allowed the PGDM institutions to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16.

In a swift turn of events, Hon’ble Supreme Court has today on October 15, 2014 allowed the PGDM institutions to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16. The apex court of India has also allowed the B schools to maintain the pre AICTE notification (2010) status which restricted them on various counts. It is a significant order that would bring about clarity on the PGDM admissions 2015-16 as the 300 private B schools offering PGDM programmes were not able to proceed with their admission process for academic session 2015-16 due to lack of clarity on this issue. The petition was filed in Hon’ble Supreme Court by EPSI, Jaipuria Institute of Management and AIMS regarding staying of the AICTE’s Notification (2010) and restoring the status quo and autonomy of PGDM institutions for the academic year 2015-16. . Hon’ble Supreme Court in its four interim orders earlier had restored the status quo and stayed the AICTE Notification of (2010) for Academic Sessions of 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. With this order now the B schools may have the sigh of relief to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16 as well.

The tricky case was contended at Supreme Court of India by Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi a very senior counsel alongwith country’s other leading lawyers, Mr K K Venugopal, Mr Gopal Shankar Narayan and Mr Naresh Kaushik . The case came up before the Supreme Court on October 13, 2014. After a prolonged argument and a lot of convincing arguments, the bench decided not to drop the petition. The Bench however during the hearing had expressed its reservations in extending any further stay in the matter.  The combined case of EPSI, Jaipuria Institute of Management and AIMS was scheduled for October 14, 2014 before the same bench and country’s  leading lawyers, Mr K K Venugopal, Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi along with  Mr Gopal Shankar Narayan and Mr Naresh Kaushik were present together to represent the case. However, the case could not be taken up by the closing hours and was slated for hearing on Oct 15, 2014. The case came up before the bech today and the apex court on October 15, 2014 has issued the stay order for another one academic year  2015-16. It was expected that Hon’ble Court may not just give another stay order as in previous years but would proceed towards giving a final verdict in the petition. However another year of stay has been allowed now by the apex court restoring the autonomy, conduct of examinations, admissions, fee structure and governance for academic session 2015-16.


Petition of AIMS, EPSI, Jaipuria brings relief from Supreme court to 300 PGDM B-schools  | MBAUniverse.com | 16 Oct 2014 | Read More …


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