TWO ENGINEERING colleges in the state can continue with their admission process after the Supreme Court quashed Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) filed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision to let the colleges admit students this academic year.
The two colleges — MH Saboo Siddik College of Engineering in Byculla and JJ Magdum College of Engineering in Kolhapur — are among seven engineering colleges against which the AICTE had moved the apex court.
The AICTE, which governs all engineering colleges across the country, had barred 54 colleges in Maharashtra from admitting students in the academic year 2016-17, after they failed to conform to some of its guidelines. Many of the colleges had approached the Bombay High Court against it, and 10 of them were granted stay orders.
The AICTE then moved SC against seven colleges, two of which were granted relief on Thursday. The other five are Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan’s (PVPP’s) College of Engineering in Sion, Rizvi College of Engineering in Bandra, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College in Bandra, Indira Gandhi College of Engineering in Navi Mumbai and Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering and Computer Technology in Worli. Their cases are pending.
“We had sought a stay from the Supreme Court on the High Court’s interim relief, but the court did not accept our plea,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of AICTE. He added that the Supreme Court has asked AICTE to wait for the High Court’s final decision.