The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday declined the Dhaya College of Engineering’s plea for temporary affiliation from Anna University of Technology (AUT), Madurai.
Dismissing the writ petition filed by Dhaya College of Engineering, Justice K Venkataraman pointed out that AUT has filed an application before a division Bench seeking extension of time to conduct the inspection at the college to grant affiliation.
The court, during the vacation, had instructed AUT to conduct inspection before May 30 this year. However, AUT chose to file an application seeking the time extension, which is pending before a division Bench comprising Justice R Banumathi and Justice B Rajendran. While the college moved court seeking temporary affiliation, the lawyers appearing for AUT said that no college can claim affiliation as a matter of right because it was for the university to inspect and grant the necessary affiliation.
While pronouncing orders, Justice Venkataraman observed: “I am of the considered view that the relief (temporary affiliation) that has been sought for by the petitioner cannot be granted at this juncture. Therefore, the petition is dismissed.”
However, he added that the college could make a request seeking temporary affiliation before the division Bench when AUT’s application for extension of time is listed before it.
A PIL is also pending before the Bench where it is alleged that the college is built illegally encroaching upon an irrigation tank in Sivarakottai and the allegation was affirmed by former district collector U Sagayam in his counter filed at the court last week.