Students left in the Lurch after AICTE ‘Reviews’ Decision
The decision of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to reject the proposal to set up the first exclusive engineering college for women in north Karnataka in Gulbarga city has left over 250 students who had secured admission to the college in the lurch.
The executive council of the AICTE, in its meeting on 28th June, 2010, released a list of new institutes approved for 2010-11, with their branches and sanctioned intake.
This list, displayed on the official AICTE website, contained the name of Godutai Engineering College for Women, with a sanctioned intake of 300 seats.
Based on the listed approval status, the State Government prepared the CET seat matrix and began admissions for the academic year 2010-11 on 14th July, 2010.
However, towards the end of CET counselling, the AICTE dropped a bombshell. In a letter dated 29th July, 2010, it stated that the proposal submitted by Sharanabasaveshwar Vidya Vardak Sangh to start the college had been “rejected”.
The AICTE said the council did not accord approval on the grounds that “all the deficiencies noted by the expert committee had not been cleared and, also, deficiencies related to construction/infrastructure facilities were yet to be completed”.
It further stated: “However, a fresh application for the establishment of a new technical institution for the next academic year may be made,” thus ending any hopes of it reconsidering its decision.
Before the AICTE letter was received, nearly 140 students had been allotted seats through CET counselling. While the Government could allot 150 seats, the remaining 150 seats were to be filled by the management.
These students now face the prospect of losing a year.
Meanwhile, Sharanabasaveshwar Vidya Vardak Sangh has served a legal notice on the AICTE, challenging its reversal of approval.
Parents of some students are also considering filing a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court.
A few parents and students held a demonstration on Thursday in front of the regional office of the Karnataka Examinations Authority, which conducted the CET counselling, demanding justice.