Norms not applicable to existing colleges: AICTE

Special Correspondent

AICTE gives undertaking to Kerala High Court

Hearing on petition adjourned to

March 22

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has been given an undertaking by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that its new approval norms will not be made applicable to existing self-financing professional colleges.

Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair recorded the submission made by the counsel for the AICTE when a writ petition filed by the Kerala Self-financing Engineering College Managements' Association and the Federation of Associations of Managements of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions in India came up for hearing on Friday.

The petitioners said the fresh AICTE guidelines were issued without taking into account the fact that all the professional self-financing institutions had remitted the annual renewal fee of Rs.50,000 in prescribed form in August 2009.The new order required the institutions to upload their data online.

The revised procedure was not actually an amendment to the regulations or a fresh set of regulations framed by the council. It was impossible to comply with the new conditions within the timeframe stipulated. In fact, the one-month deadline ended on February 10. The new norms, which were applicable only to self-financing professional institutions, were clearly discriminatory and violated Article 14 of the Constitution.

The court adjourned to March 22 hearing on the petition.