The Supreme Court on Thursday revised the counselling schedule for engineering admissions for the academic year 2014-15. The first round of counselling for engineering admissions announced by Anna University in Tamil Nadu from June 27 would now be postponed to enable the process to be completed by July 15 after the inclusion of colleges which are seeking approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

A vacation Bench of Justices Vikramajit Sen and Shiva Kirti Singh directed the AICTE to complete the process of approval of 521 engineering colleges within one week from Thursday. The first round of counselling at Anna University would now have to be completed by July 15, the second round by July 22 and the third by July 29.

The Bench passed this order on an application by the AICTE seeking extension of the schedule laid down by the apex court in the Parshvanath Charitable Trust and others Vs. AICTE case. As per the earlier order, the first round of counselling should have been completed by June 30, the second by July 10 and other types of counselling by July 30. The courses would have commenced on August 1. The last date up to which students could be admitted against vacancies arising due to any reason (no student should be admitted in any institution after the last date under any quota) was August 15.

The AICTE submitted that it had received 7,280 applications from existing technical institutions, of which 6,751 had been processed. The remaining 529 applications were pending consideration as on June 4. It could not complete the process of approvals by June 10 as mandated by the apex court and sought a week’s time.

Students’ interest

Accepting the plea, the Bench said there could be no gainsaying that every eligible student/candidate desirous of participating in further education, especially where resources and institutions were available, should be accommodated so long as academic standards were not undermined. “We are satisfied that if the respondent, AICTE, is granted seven more days within which to decide all pending applications, these overriding interests shall be addressed.”

The court said the AICTE should first take up the applications in which it had already expressed willingness to grant approvals, but had not done so in deference of the orders of this court. Thereafter, the universities/State authorities/bodies concerned which had the powers of granting affiliation should take a decision on that subject within one week. It was for these reasons that the first round of counselling/admission for allotment of seats which was to be completed by June 30 would now be completed by July 15; second round shall be completed by July 22 and the last round by July 29. In this manner, the date of commencement of the academic session, as laid down by the court, should not be disturbed. “It is made clear that all the colleges which have been cleared for intake of students for the academic year 2014-2015, as envisaged in the process above, shall be cleared and considered for admitting students for the current academic year.”

Referring to the plea of various engineering colleges from Tamil Nadu — which also sought extension of time for approvals — that Anna University should not commence its first round of counselling from Friday, the Bench said: “We think that would not be appropriate in view of the present order.”

AICTE directed to complete approval of 521 engineering colleges within a week from Thursday

  • AICTE gets 1 week to complete process of approval of 521 colleges

  • First round of counselling at Anna University will now have to be completed by July 15