Staff Reporter

“Ban on naming institutions using the words Indian/All India/national is a laudable step”

MADURAI: The ban imposed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on using the words Indian/National/All India/Commission in any part of the name of a technical institution would also be applicable to existing institutions, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ruled.

Dismissing a writ petition filed by the management of an engineering college at Vadakankulam in Tirunelveli district, Justice K. Chandru said: “This is a laudable step taken by the AICTE in order to stop dubious institutions having misleading names so that the students, parents and the public at large would be benefited.”

The Judge declined to accept the petitioner’s contention that the ban could be enforced only on prospective institutions. If such names or prefixes were not allowed, it must be made applicable to the existing institutions also otherwise the purpose for which the ban was imposed would be lost, he said.

“This State has the dubious distinction of having more than two hundred self-financing engineering colleges. In order to control the mushrooming growth of these colleges, the AICTE intended to have a check on them and to safeguard the interests of students. If existing institutions are allowed to have such names with prefixes prohibited by the AICTE notification it may confuse the minds of the common people,” Mr. Justice Chandru said.

The Judge also refused to agree with the petitioner’s argument that a conjunctive reading of the notification would show that an institution was free to use the words Indian/All India and so on if the abbreviated form of its name did not lead to IIM, IIT, IISC or IIIT. “When a notification is issued by a statutory authority, to interpret the same according to the petitioner’s convenience is irrelevant. The attempt by the court is to interpret the text in larger public interest and not in a pedantic manner,” the Judge said.