Ten engineering colleges in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai that were under the scanner of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for flouting rules can participate in the Common Admission Process (CAP) rounds till the next date of hearing in the Bombay high court, the court ruled on Wednesday.
The AICTE had revoked the affiliation of these colleges in May for flouting various norms set by the council and some had also been brought under the no-admission list. Seven colleges then moved court and received an interim stay on the revocation. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 23 and might throw up a final decision on it.
“The next hearing will bring some clarity over the issue. However, for now, they can participate in the CAP rounds,” said the lawyer representing the colleges.
Close to 5000 seats in the 10 colleges will be affected if the high court does not stay the AICTE order.
The council found deficiencies in the institutes’ campuses, admissions and land use, among other things, after a series of complaints from education NGOs. While some had insufficient academic infrastructure, others had an inadequate number of teachers. In some cases, the college buildings did not have permission to be used as such.
The AICTE had issued these colleges a no-admission order last year as well. However, all the colleges moved court and managed to get an interim stay on the order.
Vasantdada Patil College of Engineering, Sion; Datta Meghe College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai and Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering and Computer, Worli are some of the colleges under the AICTE’s scanner.