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AICTE keeps colleges in dark

THE unexpected delay in the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval to 167 engineering colleges in the State has caught most colleges off-guard.

While the colleges claim to have submitted the online application on time and received acknowledgement from the AICTE, the matter hasn’t moved forward.  “We received a response form from the AICTE, which was also sent to its regional office here. A scrutiny committee would be formed to examine the response sheet and then decide on according recognition to colleges,” said Dr K Rajnikanth, principal of M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT). 

He said that the college has not received any communication from the committee so far. Also, the AICTE website link was tricky to operate. Several repeated queries with the regional office have not elicited satisfactory replies. “The government has to take the initiative,” he said.

Shocking
Meanwhile, RV Group of Institutions Chairman Panduranga Setty said that the delay was shocking.  “We had asked for an increase in the intake of students for this year. The AICTE on Tuesday night uploaded a new format on its website for recognition and the same had not been communicated to the institutions. The last date for submitting the new form is June 19,” Setty claimed.  

File affidavit
PESIT Chairman M R Doraiswamy also said that AICTE has asked the engineering colleges to file affidavit to the AICTE online and each faculty member will have to individually file it. Each department also needs to provide a list of equipment it has in the affidavit too. On the basis of this information, a committee will be constituted, which will then cross check the information provided in the affidavit. Interestingly, some colleges like Vijaya Vittala Institute of Technology were not even aware of AICTE’s decision.

CET counselling delay
Meanwhile, Dr Rajnikanth felt that the delay in CET engineering counselling would have a bearing on Comed-K to a certain extent.  “Students who have scored high marks and students who have made up their minds won’t be affected by this. However, those who are undecided would have a tough time,” he opined. 

Setty was hoping that the Comed-K would postpone its counselling to ensure that it did not clash with the revised CET schedule.  “We would like to give all students a fair chance to get admitted both under the CET as well as COMED-K,” said Shetty.

(Published in Deccan Herald on 16th June, 2010; along with Sandeep Moudgal)

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