NEARLY 440 engineering students, who were admitted to the Padmashree Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan (PVPP) College of Engineering, Sion, this year, face an uncertain fate with its conflict with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) taking a new turn.
The AICTE has directed the state government to transfer the students to other colleges after a Supreme Court ruling had upheld the AICTE’s decision to bar the college from admitting students this year.
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The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on Wednesday issued a notice asking the students to attend a fresh round of counselling on Thursday where they will be allotted seats in colleges depending on vacancies within Mumbai. This is for both first-year and direct second-year entrants. “We have issued the notice after we received directions from the AICTE to transfer all students admitted to the college this year through the Common Admission Process,” said Pramod Naik, Joint Director, Technical Education, Mumbai Region.
PVPP CoE is one of the four engineering colleges that had been barred from admissions by the AICTE after they failed to comply with the latter’s norms. All the four colleges had moved the High Court and have been granted interim relief, following which the DTE allotted seats to students in these colleges.
The AICTE then filed a special leave petition against the colleges in the Supreme Court. In a hearing earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the AICTE in the PVPP College case even as it deferred the other three cases to the High Court. The ruling restored the AICTE’s earlier order disallowing the college to admit students this year after it found that the college did not have an occupation certificate from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Meanwhile, alleging that the college had been targeted, office bearers of the college said they will move the Supreme Court as they had already completed compliance.
“We have already paid around Rs 5 crore to the BMC, the amount due for obtaining the occupation certificate. We will move the Supreme Court as we have complied with the AICTE norms,” said Appasaheb Desai, general secretary, PVPP CoE.
The college had run into trouble with the AICTE for not having an OC from the BMC after the construction of a retaining wall within the college compound.