THE PRIVATE engineering college authorities are in a fix over two decisions of the Supreme Court regarding admission of students through management quota.
According to one judgment, the apex court held that the private engineering college management could grant admission to the students who did not take any entrance examination but had the requisite qualification of Intermediate.The judgement was delivered on August 4, 2003 regarding Islamic Academy.
In another judgement, the apex court held that only those students who took the entrance test but failed to get higher rank could be admitted through management quota. The SC delivered the judgement on a writ petition filed by PA Inamdar on August 12, 2005.
Both the judgements put the private engineering college management in a dilemma. Similarly, the authorities at the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) could not issue any clear directive to private engineering colleges about admission of students through the management quota.
Commenting on the SC judgements, UPTU registrar US Tomar said that expert legal opinion was sought and a decision on the issue would be taken soon.
Besides, the two different judgments restrained the college management from granting admission to many candidates till date. They apprehended that any delay on the part of the UPTU in issuing the guidelines would cause a heavy financial loss to the colleges as the new academic session had already started.A late decision might discourage the students from taking admission as they would miss a lot of classes.
Meanwhile, despite intensified counselling, about 50 per cent of seats in MBA and MCA courses at most private colleges affiliated to UPTU were lying vacant.
Although a large number of candidates appeared in the counselling, they did not show any interest in joining the private colleges. Similarly, about 14 per cent of seats in the B Tech courses at the private colleges could not be filled in till date. However, all the seats in the B Tech, MCA and MBA at the government colleges were filled in the first week of the counselling.