Ending the uncertainty in engineering admissions, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to clear pending approvals of engineering colleges for 2010-2011 on June 26 when its Executive Council meets.

Meanwhile, a press release from the Chief Minister's office stated that “it is probable that the engineering admission process may commence after June 25”.

However, highly-placed sources in the AICTE said that 15 new committees, each comprising two academics and an architect, had been formed to scrutinise by June 22 pending applications from Karnataka and Kerala. The last date for resubmission of applications by engineering colleges in a revised, five-page format is June 19.

This means that the engineering seat aspirants in the State will have to wait for at least a week for admissions, originally slated to commence on June 18.

‘Students won't suffer'

When contacted, a key AICTE official told The Hindu that the list will indeed be out on June 26, and will be ratified by the Council's general body when it meets on June 28. These changes were part of AICTE's efforts to increase transparency and accountability in the system. Titled ‘New Approval Process 2010', the new Web-based approval process, is designed to eliminate the purely inspection-based old model.

As of 2009-2010, no fewer than 178 engineering colleges, offering 79,828 seats, were functioning in Karnataka. Currently, the AICTE regional office is awaiting response from engineering colleges.