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Bhopal: Panel not to conduct admission process

The confusion started when DTE refused to conduct admission process for private varsities.

bhopal Updated: Jun 12, 2013 13:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

In absence of any response shown by the private universities on issue of admission to technical courses, the MP Private Universities’ Regulatory Commission has decided that it would not conduct the admission process for universities this year.

After representatives of universities failed to turn up or send any proposal or response on Tuesday - the deadline given by the commission for its offer of conducting the admission process, the commission decided that it would not conduct process this year.

“We have already written to the principal secretaries of the higher education and technical education departments conveying our decision, with a copy to the directorate of technical education (DTE),” chairman of the regulatory commission Akhilesh Pandey said.He said that since the universities had not responded, the commission did not feel that there is time left to make more efforts this year.“It is already late and we do not want to risk a faulty process,” the chairman said.

After the regulatory commission decided to conduct the admission process to technical courses after DTE refused to do so, two groups of private universities took different stands. While two universities showed willingness to participate in the process proposed by the commission, four others went ahead and wrote to the DTE urging it to conduct the admission process this year too.After this the commission gave June 11 deadline to all the universities to take a final call on the issue.

The confusion started when the DTE refused to conduct the admission process for the private universities this year saying that the directorate had nothing to do with the private universities, which are governed by a separate Act.

Sources also said that the DTE was finding it difficult to govern the admission process in these private universities as they had the mandate to conduct admissions by themselves and last year some of them gave admissions to courses that were not approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).All complaints in this matter landed with the DTE, which did not have the mandate to take action against the universities.Thus this year, the DTE decided to steer clear of the process.

The onus then fell on regulatory commission to take initiative in the matter, but the difference between the universities turned the issue complex.It now seems that the ball is back in DTE’s court.

The director of technical education Arun Nahar said that the regulatory commission was to take a decision in the matter and if it has written any letter to the directorate, it would be looked into.“We have nothing against any private university, but we have to conduct our admission process fairly, transparently and within time limit and according to rules laid down by us,” he made it clear.

First Published: Jun 12, 2013 13:51 IST