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Do not disturb academic activities: Bench

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has expressed anguish over the confrontation between the Director General of Shipping and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) over granting approval for 60 seats in B.E. marine engineering course conducted by PSN College of Engineering and Technology at Palayamkottai.

Allowing a writ petition filed by the college, Justice K. Chandru said: “This type of turf war indulged in by the 4th respondent (Director General) to claim superiority over the AICTE is most unfortunate. Such a turf war should not result in any disruption of academic activities.”

The Director General had refused to grant approval for 60 seats for the academic year 2006-07 citing a few deficiencies, though the AICTE had approved the intake.

However, the Judge said that the failure on the part of the college to a have tie-up with shipping companies for employing their students could not be called as a deficiency.

On another charge that unqualified students had been admitted to the course, the Judge said that approval could be denied only for those students and not for the entire batch.

With reference to other deficiencies such as insufficient infrastructure, the only course open to the Director General was to write to the AICTE to de-recognise the institution, Mr. Justice Chandru said. The Director General was ordered to approve the intake. Nevertheless, the Judge made it clear that the direction would not preclude the Director General from conducting further inspection and pointing out any other deficiencies in terms of the Merchant Shipping (standards of training certification and watch keeping for seafarers) Rules, 1998.

The college was also directed to set right the deficiencies in accordance with the assurance given to the court.

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