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Madras HC asks AICTE to approve polytechnic, close makeshift engineering institutions

The Madras High Court has directed the All India Council
for Technical Education (AICTE) to grant extension of approval for the academic
year 2013-14 to Shanmugha Polytechnic College, associate of Sastra University
before November 20.

The High Court said the AICTE was rejecting
applications on flimsy grounds.

 Justice K. K.
Sasidharan, while allowing a petition from the Shanmugha Polytechnic College,
quashed the order of the AICTE, denying extension of approval to the college.

The AICTE said that appropriate conditions should be
incorporated for compliance before considering the application for extension of
approval for the year 2014-15.

 “The reasons
given by AICTE for denial of approval is far from convincing. The reasons given
in the impugned order wo­uld not be sufficient to deny extension of approval to
an institution of long sta­nding,” the court said.

The judge said that there was no dispute about
ill-equipped institutions offering various cou­rses in engineering. But all
institutions should not be painted with the same brush.

An apex body, like AICTE, must be in a position to
identify the premium institutions, which should be given encouragement and be
made to offer good technical education by collecting affordable fees.

Similarly, effort should be taken to close down
makeshift engineering institutions, which were a source of threat in the field
of technical education, the judge observed, reported Deccan Chronicle.

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