Tech colleges under AICTE scanner over land

PILs filed in HC against engineering colleges flouting land rules.

Hyderabad: About 240 engineering colleges and other technical colleges in the state have received show cause notices from the AICTE for violating GO111 norms. The Quality Foundation had filed two PILs in the High Court of Telangana, complaining about prevailing deficiencies in land and building approvals of 200 plus colleges across the state of Telangana.

As a result of the two cases, AICTE had issued show cause notices to all the 240 engineering colleges to appear before the duly constituted Scrutiny Committee to verify some of the original documents before giving an approval for the academic year 2018-2019.

The colleges which received show cause notices appeared before the AICTE Scrutiny Committee and submitted land and building original documents for verification. Now, colleges are awaiting AICTE’s approval to run engineering programmes and admit students for the academic year 2018-2019.

About 40 plus colleges were found to have violated GO Ms No-111, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (II) Department, dated March 8, 1996. These colleges were established without proper land conversion certificates and approved building permissions according to AICTE building permissions that were obtained from Grama Panchayats, which is not competent. The authority concerned should have obtained permission from either HMDA or DTCP.

Remaining 180 plus colleges have been established without proper land conversion certificates and building approvals from competent authorities.

Goutham Rao, president of Telangana Engineering College Management Association told DC, “About 240 colleges received the show cause notice for land deficiencies and colleges need minimum two years to resolve these. Our Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had also written to HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar requesting to give minimum two years’ time to resolve the deficiencies in lands and buildings. So we are hoping for approvals from AICTE for this academic year’’.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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