The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has barred GB Pant Engineering College (GBPEC) from admitting students for the academic year 2017-18 since it has failed to file a compliance report on the “deficiencies” pointed out by a committee that had said the college lacks basic infrastructure.
The Standard Appellate Committee (SAC), set up by the apex regulatory body for technical education, in its report on September 20 found that facilities such as research laboratory, sick room, principal’s quarters, common room for both women and men were not present in the college, and that the hostel facility was not available.
A showcause notice, dated October 11, and signed by the director of AICTE, reads, “Since the institute representatives have not submitted the compliance report… the committee recommends no admission for the annual year 2017-18.” It also said that “continued deficiencies would adversely affect the quality of education”.
The SAC had also said certain areas — including seminar hall, classrooms, laboratory, cafeteria, toilets — appeared to have “less” space. By the time it got the notice, the college had already enrolled 200 students, Joshil K Abraham, HOD, Humanities and Applied Sciences, said. “It could be a dicey situation for students,” he said.
The SAC report also said documents such as occupancy certificate and structural stability certificate were not presented to the committee, and that land documents and approved building documents were also “not available”. The students and teachers of the college have already been protesting for a campus since March. The protest was called off on April 29 after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal admitted that there was a “valid case of corruption” and said the land belonging to GBPEC would be given back to them.
However, there has been no progress on that front yet. “Soon after making this statement, he went back on his words and claimed he had said no such thing. We have now filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court through our lawyer Prashant Bhushan, which will come up for hearing on Monday,” said Abraham.
GBPEC Principal O P Verma said, “We had shown all the documents to the SAC but they did not accept the land document because it is not in the name of the college but in the name of Delhi government. We have all our documents in place. Some teacher is deliberately trying to create problems.”