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No admission in Pune’s Sinhgad colleges: a boon or bane? 

The decision has been taken by the apex body after the management of the Sinhgad institutes failed to pay the salary dues of 8,000 teachers for the last 16 months. 

pune Updated: Feb 09, 2018 17:48 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Sinhgad colleges,a boon or bane
AICTE had barred 22 colleges run by Sinhgad Technical Education Society from conducting admissions for the next academic year.(HT PHOTO)

While voicing their concern over its eventual repercussions, students, teachers and parents welcomed the All-India Council for Technical Education’s ( AICTE) decision to bar 22 colleges run by Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) from conducting admissions for the next academic year.

Kaushal Patidar, a final year BE mechanical engineering student ofSinhgad College of Engineering (SCOE), Vadgaon Budruk, said,“I’m glad to see that some action has being taken by the regulatory authorities. It means that the voice of our agitation is reaching their ears. If you look at the nature of the decision and the consequence, the result might not be as desired. Barring these colleges from taking new admissions would mean loss of jobs for teachers designated to teach the first year students. Rather, the authorities should have asked the management to pay off the dues and set the education cycle in motion.”

Some others responded saying that the teachers and staff of the education trust would face the real brunt of the decision by AICTE instead of the management.

On account of anonymity, another student fromSCOE said,“The management is at fault and hence, it is they who should suffer from the decision, not the teachers or the students. They have been running these institutes as business firms and strict action should be taken to put an end to it.”

“We are happy with AICTE’s action, but instead of barring admission, we are requesting them to change the management and appoint a government administrator. All inquiry should be carried out by the central vigilance department and all staff dues should be paid as soon as possible,” said Sachin Shinde, a former teacher of one of the Sinhgad institutes spearheading the protest movement.

The decision has been taken by the apex body after the management of the Sinhgad institutes failed to pay the salary dues of 8,000 teachers for the last 16 months.

An official from the apex body said that the colleges, managed by STES, were put under the ‘no admission’ category after the management failed to meet the February 2 deadline for depositing the dues in the bank accounts of its staff. “The college management requested us to extend the deadline until February 9 citing an ongoing court case, but we can’t let them continue like this. The colleges will be allowed to admit students, once they comply with the norms,” the official added.

Voicing his concern with the current status, a parent, Kishor Karwa said,“My son is in the last year of his engineering degree and such turbulence is extremely harmful for his career. It is not just him but thousands of students are facing the same fate, which is alarming. The regulatory bodies need to take fast and strict measures to stop this at the earliest.”

In response to the decision, Savitribai Phule Pune University vice-chancellor Nitin Karmalkar added,“We do not want to rush into de-affiliation of the colleges because it would mean harm to both teachers and students. Instead, we will try and reach out to the management to sort things out and speed up the payments.”

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 17:48 IST