The 22 students of Parshwanath Engineering College, Thane, who were left in the lurch after the college’s de-affiliation, have been sent to other institutes for admission.
After DNA published a report on January 15 about the students’ dilemma, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra, swung into action.
The DTE had initially asked DJ Sanghvi Engineering College to admit the students but the college refused, citing lack of seats. In an order passed on January 15, the joint director of technical education has directed Rizvi, KJ Somaiya, Fr Rodrigues, Rajiv Gandhi, Vidyavardhini and a few other engineering colleges to admit these students. However, the students are unsure if the new colleges will give them admission.
A student, now allotted to KJ Somaiya engineering college, was shocked when he approached the college on Wednesday. “College authorities said they don’t have vacancy. We have been asked to come again on Thursday to meet the principal,” said the student who fell ill due to prolonged physical and mental stress.
While DTE director SK Mahajan passed the buck to joint director JB Dhanokar, the latter could not be contacted despite several attempts. As session in all 61 engineering colleges affiliated to Mumbai university is already in full swing, these students are running from pillar to post for admission but, so far, in vain.
Parshwanath Engineering College, Thane, lost its AICTE affiliation in August 2012. After a Supreme Court order in December 2012, the DTE was asked to transfer the institute’s students to other centres, as per the rules.