Byculla engineering college put under ‘No Admission’ category for failing to meet land, building norms
The college, however, has argued they are being denied fresh intake on ‘flimsy’ grounds.mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2017 12:05 IST
After barring a Bandra engineering college from conducting admissions in the next academic year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex regulatory body for technical education, has put an engineering college at Byculla under ‘No Admission’ category.
An official from MH Saboo Siddik College of Engineering (MHSSCOE) in Byculla said that the apex body has refused to extend their approval, citing their alleged failure to meet land and building norms prescribed by the regulatory body. On Friday, the college, along with Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering in Bandra (TSEC), will appear before the standing appellate committee of AICTE and present their case, in the hopes of acquiring an ‘extension of approval’ for the academic year 2017-18. The standing committee will also hear another college - Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering & Computer Technology in Worli - whose plea to shift the institute to another campus in Ulhasnagar was rejected by the regulatory body.
Despite being two of the most popular engineering institutes in the city, TSEC and MHSSCOE were denied fresh intake last year as well, for allegedly failing to meet the norms. However, they had received an interim relief from Bombay high court (HC), which permitted them to admit students – with some conditions – in the case of TSEC. AICTE had, then, appealed against the HC order in the Supreme Court (SC), which refused to stall admissions and referred the matter back to HC.
While reviving the ban on admissions at MHSSCOE, AICTE has observed that the college lacks sufficient land for the college. It has also objected to the fact some of the college facilities, such as laboratories, are located on the premises of MH Saboo Siddik Polytechnic, which is also being run in the same campus. The regulatory has also cited insufficient faculty as the grounds for refusing the approval.
The college has argued they are being denied fresh intake on ‘flimsy’ grounds. “The college was established much before AICTE and its norms came into existence. And it’s impossible for us to add more land in a city like Mumbai. We have compensated the small land by adding more floors to college building. This position of ours was accepted by the apex court when they rejected AICTE’s plea,” said an official from Anjuman-i-Islam, the non-profit which runs the college.
The college feels that it’s being targeted unfairly by the regulatory body. “We explained that we will move the facilities from polytechnic building to the engineering college, but to no avail. And which college in Mumbai has the sufficient faculty? We are being denied admission, just because AICTE wants to,” said the official
Ramesh Unnkirishnan, AICTE’s western region officer, didn’t respond to calls from HT.