The Delhi High Court has restrained the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from proceeding against private unaided engineering colleges for non-compliance of the amended parameters for seeking approval for opening new engineering colleges or extension of approvals of existing engineering colleges.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw passed the restraining order on two separate petitions by the Federation of Associations of Managements of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions in India and the Andhra Pradesh Private Engineering College Management Association filed through their counsel Romy Chacko.

The restraint order, however, will be applicable only to those engineering colleges which are members of the two petitioners in the High Court.

“Till further orders, the petitioners/their members shall not be proceeded against for non compliance of the amended parameters,'' Justice Endlaw said in his order.

The Court also asked counsel for the petitioners to submit the list of the institutions which are beneficiaries of the restraint order to AICTE.

Pay enhanced fees

The Court further asked the petitioners to upload their applications for extension of approval or establishment of new institutions by April 10 and make the payment of enhanced processing fees along with the applications subject to further orders.

In case of the petitioners succeeding, AICTE should refund the amount with interest at such rate from the date of deposit till the date of refund as may be directed by the Court, Justice Endlaw said.

The petitioners should also not be bound by the statement in the applications with respect to admissions to Non-Resident Indian quota, and in the event of the petitions succeeding, notwithstanding the statement to the said effect in their applications, should be entitled to admit such candidates under the said quota as they may be found entitled to.

The petitioners had challenged the changes effected in the Approval Process Handbook (APH) of AICTE for 2011-2012.

One of the said changes is enhancement in the processing fee payable by various institutions applying for renewal of their approval or for establishment of new institutions.