SC lets tech colleges add new seats, courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for adding more seats and introducing new courses in engineering and technical colleges in Maharashra.

A bench of Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Satasivam allowed a special leave petition filed by Indira College of Engineering, Pune, against a 2008 full bench judgment of the Bombay high court. The HC had also held that All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regulations provided that if it granted approval to additional intake capacity or new courses before June 30, then only the directive would hold good for the current year. The development in the apex court will now ensure that technical institutions in Maharashtra will not have to wait for the next year and will be able to add new seats from this academic year.

When about 10 professional colleges were seeking additional seats this year, the AICTE–the regulator of technical and business education of India–said it could not grant them the permission after June 15 since the full bench judgment of the Bombay HC had set that date as a cut-off for granting approval.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, along with advocate Hitesh Jain, representing the college in the SC said the HC order was contrary to the AICTE rules as well as to an earlier order of the SC.

Source: Times of India

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