Many engineering aspirants from Maharashtra and other states (who applied for 15% all India-quota) now fear being allotted (through Centralised Admission Process) one among the controversial colleges included in the process after the high court order.
Panic-struck students have been flooding the admission helplines ever since the first round of allotment was announced. Some are trying to verify whether the college allotted has fulfilled the norms required: not an easy task as the issue involves several govt bodies, an NGO and the HC.
Over two dozen engineering institutions have been battling for survival in the HC since one month after a citizen forum dragged AICTE to court seeking cancellation of the approval of 25 institutions, which according to it, has not complied with the basic norms—infrastructure and faculty. The NGO has also sought a ban on 2014-15 admissions.
Some of these colleges may lose recognition, some others may lose one or more course, and others may have to reduce their intake capacity. Everything depends on the court ruling.
However, the court has granted over 20 of them interim relief, and it has directed the Directorate of Technical Education of Maharashtra (DTE) to include them in CAP, albeit with a disclaimer that admissions are subject to the final verdict.
These institutions, which include some big names in Raigad and Thane districts, together may have over 5,000 seats (various branches).
While director SK Mahajan was not reachable, another official said: "We have advised helpline managers and application receipt centres to explain to these students the issue in detail. However, we can't stop admission to those colleges as that would be violation of the court order."
DTE refused to share statistics on admission in those institutions. It could, however, be a few hundreds. Overall, 1.06 lakh candidates are seeking admission to first year engineering courses this year.
2nd CAP round fails to begin on time
Despite claiming to be high-tech and progressive, DTE failed to start the second CAP round on July 21, as announced. It was to provide the list of vacant seats in each college by July 20. However, the list was not released till the time of going to press. Filling up 'option' was slated for July 21-23.