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HC includes 15 engineering colleges under CAP

Following the Bombay High Court’s interim directives, the director of technical education (DTE) issued a notification on Tuesday to incorporate 15 engineering colleges in the ongoing centralized admission process (CAP) for the year 2014-15. The colleges are mostly located in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad.

On July 14, a division bench of Justices comprising Anoop Mehta and A A Sayed passed an order stating that admissions to these colleges will be purely on a provisional basis. The colleges and the DTE have also been directed to ensure that students approaching theses institutions are well informed about the provisional status of their admissions.

The CAP for engineering had commenced on July 13 and had already moved into the second round. The process to submit online option forms ended on Wednesday and the provisional allotment of seats is likely to be released on Thursday. The DTE has notified the names of 15 engineering colleges in the institute information section in its website. Instructions are already out to the application receipt centers to inform students and parents about the status of these colleges.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had refused to extend approval to these colleges, citing deficiencies as well as non adherence to conditions of approval. The decision was taken after the council’s move to appoint a high power fact finding panel to examine the various complaints against these colleges.

The complaints of deficiencies are mostly related to land, occupation, certificates, nature of occupancy with or without permission, common playgrounds, sharing of premises, insufficient build up area etc. The AICTE had submitted its report on January 10.

The AICTE’s report was based on the findings of the high power committee, but the colleges were not given a chance to verify their stand on the various issues, prompting them to move the writ petitions

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