Moves court for quashing Anna University stipulation

Is the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) required for extending Anna University’s affiliation for an engineering college in the wake of a Supreme Court order in April?

A private engineering college of Komarapalayam in Namakkal district has raised this question in the Madras High Court. A Vacation Bench comprising Justices K.K.Sasidharan and R.Karuppiah admitted the petition and ordered notice. The matter has been posted for further hearing on June 7.

S.S.M.College of Engineering, represented by its Administrative Officer, A.O.Prabakaran, said the institution had been enjoying the AICTE approval. It was affiliated to Anna University. On “unsustainable grounds,” the council refused approval for the year 2013-14. A writ petition was filed and the court granted an interim stay earlier. The institution filed an appeal before the Standing Appellate Committee. On another petition, the court directed the AICTE to pass final orders on the appeal.

By an order of May 14 to the college, Anna University had included the clause that affiliation was subject to the extension of AICTE’s approval.

The petitioner’s counsel, Kandhan Duraisami, submitted that in a judgment on April 25 this year, the Supreme Court had said that the AICTE had only an advisory role. Any suggestion by the council could be enforced only through the UGC in so far as colleges affiliated to universities were concerned.

In view of the Supreme Court judgment, AICTE’s approval was not a condition precedent to enjoying affiliation. The condition imposed by Anna University making it mandatory to obtain the AICTE approval was unsustainable. Therefore, the university’s condition should be quashed.