HYDERABAD: In a relief to various private colleges offering postgraduate courses, the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday directed the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, to include the petitioner colleges in web counselling process for making admissions in PG courses in engineering, pharmacy and architecture for the academic year 2014-15 for the intake capacity sanctioned by the All India Council for Technical Education.
It may be mentioned here that the notification for counselling and allotment of students in postgraduate courses in engineering disciplines is notified on August 30 and allotment will commence on Sept 10. About 40 colleges approached the High Court for relief.
The petitioner colleges challenged JNTU not concluding the process of granting affiliation by communicating deficiencies.
The petitioners reminded the judge that the JNTU is in the habit of releasing the list of colleges which are disaffiliated on the day of counselling as was done last fortnight when the admissions into undergraduate courses had taken place. They apprehended that similar fate will fall upon them now.
After hearing the case, the judge directed that the university shall include the colleges in web counselling provided that they have complied with all the norms and regulations prescribed by it as well as the AICTE.
The judge made it clear that if the JNTU finds at a later point of time that any of the petitioner colleges have violated regulations, then it is open for the JNTU to take action in accordance with law, including cancellation of affiliation after following the due procedure.