They have taken admission for PG engineering course but cannot appear for exams as the college is yet to get affiliation status from the university.

Mumbai : The future of 18 aspiring engineering students seems to be bleak as the Bombay High Court has left their fate in the hands of a local academic inspection team. This is the story of 18 students in a Kolhapur college, where they had taken admission for PG engineering course, who cannot appear for the exams as the college is yet to get affiliation status from the university. The ultimate outcome is that the students will lose one year for no mistake of their’s.

The said college is yet to get the required affiliation from the Shivaji University and for the same reason the fate of these 18 aspiring engineering students hangs in balance. The Bombay High Court has directed the University to form a local academic inspection team to verify whether the college has met the necessary standards and conditions, required for an engineering institution.

The court was hearing a petition, filed by the engineering college praying to direct the University to grant it affiliation.

In May, Sushila Danchand Ghodawat Educational Institute had applied to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), seeking its approval to start a new Post Graduate course for the academic year 2012-13. After gaining its approval, the college informed the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) about its intention to start the course. The DTE included the college in its list and gave the management a list of 18 students to be admitted for the course. As per the guidelines, the DTE allots aspiring students to various colleges through an online process that considers various factors such as the student’s locality etc.

The college subsequently applied for an affiliation to the Shivaji University. Unfortunately, it was rejected. According to the University authorities, the college did not fulfil all the necessary requisites and hence its application was rejected.

However, by then, the college had started the course and admitted the students as per DTE’s direction. In October, the college moved the court seeking its direction to the university to grant affiliation for the course, as the students were to appear for the University exams in November.

The lawyers, appearing for AICTEE, Advocate Mihir Desai and Advocate Ushajee Peri argued that AICTE granted the college the approval on the basis that it has the required infrastructure to conduct the course. It is the responsibility of the DTE and the University to check if the college has the required faculty and grant them further approval to admit students for the course, they further argued.

The court observed that as per an order of the Supreme Court, a court cannot direct the University to grant affiliation. Hence the Bombay High Court directed the University to form a local inspection committee to visit the college once again and check if it has met the required aspects in terms of infrastructure and faculty.

It has directed the University to take its decision whether to grant an affiliation or not to the college on the basis of the committee’s report.

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