The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) after conducting inspections in the state engineering colleges barred 40 of them from admitting students this year. All the 40 colleges are banned from participating in the counseling this year.
AICTE has conducted surprise inspections in around 120 colleges during the month of January. During the inspections they found that 40 colleges are not following the minimum guidelines framed by AICTE and hence barred them from admitting the students. Besides these 40, another 20 colleges are given conditional permissions to admit the students and 10 were ordered to limit their seats.
Thus, this year only 680 colleges will be participating in the counseling. The officials told that the actions were taken against the colleges as they lack proper infrastructure and staff. Some of them are also facing criminal charges for hacking online accounts of the students.
Some colleges have appealed AICTE to allow them to take part in the counseling and a petition has also been filed by the Professional College Managements Association pointing out how AICTE can target only certain managements while leaving the others free. They also mentioned that AICTE has taken some wrong decisions during the inspections.
Taking all the allegations into consideration, the state government is expected to give final decision by this month end, said the sources.