In a major blow to private engineering and pharmacy colleges in Telangana, The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad on Saturday disaffiliated 807 BTech courses of the 143 engineering colleges for 2014-2015 academic years.
Students admitted in these colleges will be relocated after taking their consent, but one important aspect is that the colleges have to return the fee to these students, which seems to be a difficult task. This will apply to students admitted in the Convenor’s quota and the fate of students of the management quota is unknown.
An expert committee that studied the facilities in these colleges on the directions of the Supreme Court submitted its report stating that only 32 courses in 20 B.Tech Colleges were eligible as per the AICTE and University norms and the remaining did not satisfy the norms. Earlier, 163 colleges moved Supreme Court after the JNTUH didn’t include them in the admission list leading to re-inspection by an Expert Committee consisting of experts from IIT Hyderabad and BITS Pilani Hyderabad.
Out of the 143 colleges denied permission, 43 colleges again have zero admissions though some could attract students in the second phase of counselling. The biggest challenge for the JNTUH also includes the relocation of about 70,000 students now in second, third and final year of the course in these colleges. “They have been given 45 days time to plug their deficiencies. The Government has to take a decision on such students after the time limit elapses,” said JNTUH Registrar N.V. Ramana Rao.
Management quota students may lose a year if the colleges don’t improve as their exam forms may not be approved by the University. Officials say students were warned well in advance and now their fate will depend on how the Government responds. The JNTUH is also anticipating some trouble due to the affected students. Interestingly, colleges belonging to several leaders of the ruling party and some Ministers in Telangana cabinet also suffered during these inspections.
Prof. Rao said that the university had decided to withhold the affiliation of six colleges that satisfied the university norms, but earlier faced criminal cases for showing fake faculty or sharing faculty to seek affiliation.