October 28, 2014

AP TS Engineering 2nd Phase Counselling Schedule 2014

The Supreme Court  said it would allow second phase of counselling for admissions into engineering colleges in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While dealing with a batch of petitions filed by 174 private engineering college managements of Telangana, a two-member bench comprising Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya and Justice  S.A. Bobde said it would grant conditional permission for phase II of the Eamcet counselling.

The Supreme Court bench told the state government and the college managements to inform students that admissions would be granted on ad hoc basis and final admissions would be subject to the final results of the inspections of the de-recognised colleges conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University of Hyderabad had de-recognised 174 colleges for allegedly failing to provide facilities as per the norms of the varsity and the AICTE. The Supreme Court said the students should deposit the fees in a special account instead of the college accounts till the final results of the inspections, so that they can be refunded in case of cancellation of recognition of a particular college. The bench also stated that it would not entertain any pleas either by students or college managements in case of cancellation of recognition by AICTE and JNTU on grounds of lacking in facilities. 

Reacting to the observations, counsel representing the Telangana government submitted that the government would engage the services of experts from BITS Pilani and IIT to inspect the colleges.  The bench directed the authorities of both states to prepare a schedule for counselling, which should be completed by November 14, 2014. 

While expressing displeasure on delay in completing the admission process despite a direction that the same should be completed by August 31, the bench directed the authorities to file an undertaking that they would follow the 240-day syllabus system in technical education. 

The AP government had submitted that around 60,000 seats in the state had remained vacant after the first phase of counselling and students aspiring for engineering admissions would lose an academic year if the second phase of counselling was not permitted. As many as 12,000 seats had remained vacant in Telangana and more than 80,000 seats were unfilled due to cancellation of recognition of the 174 colleges, the college managements had informed the court.