Thiruvananthapuram: The new draft guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), restricting the power of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), over engineering colleges has made it clear that these colleges will have to get approval on a yearly basis from the university to which they are affiliated.
The new guidelines drafted by the UGC following the order of the Supreme Court on April 25 that colleges affiliated to universities do not come under the purview of AICTE has also made it clear that colleges found flouting rules would face cancellation of approval.
Those colleges stripped of approval once, will be allowed to apply for fresh approval after two years. The guidelines also asked the universities to maintain a list of unapproved colleges offering courses in technical education.
Another provision in the draft was to disapprove those colleges found functioning without a director or a principal for 18 months. The draft also insisted that colleges should return the admission fee to students who preferred not to join the college. The college promoters should either be a trust, a society or a Section 25 company operating on non-profit basis.
G.P.C. Nayar, president of the Federation of Associations of Unaided Professional Colleges of India said universities did not have the required facilities to assess the infrastructure of colleges. Hence, giving the power of affiliation to universities was not a welcome move, he said....