In a huge breather to dozens of engineering colleges in Telangana, the Hyderabad High Court on Monday directed the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) to allow colleges, which has the required teaching faculty, to join the counseling process.
Citing lack of infrastructure, the Telangana government and JNTU had barred 174 engineering colleges from taking part in this year’s admissions process, being conducted through web counseling. It came as a big blow to the colleges, with many staring at closure.
But Justice A Rajasekhara Reddy came down heavily on JNTU for straightaway deleting names of petitioners’ colleges from the counselling list, which he described as “arbitrary and contrary to the principles of natural justice.”
“Worse still, JNTU has not followed its own regulations before taking the decision,” the judge added.
Despite advocate general K Ramakrishna Reddy saying that it was not possible for the varsity to verify the correct faculty position within a short time, especially with the August 31 deadline for completing the admission process approaching fast, the judge said it would be unfair, if some of these colleges were not allowed to join counselling.
Clearing the decks, albeit conditionally for these engineering colleges in Telangana, the judge clarified that if the colleges have the right faculty, the other facilities can be improved in a month’s time.
The judge also pointed out that JNTU had delayed its inspection of colleges and in case the managements fail to plug the gaps, JNTU was free to take action in accordance with law. The judge also directed the university to consider representations made by various colleges that they had fulfilled the norms.
Advocate general Reddy pointed out that earlier in the day, the university had filed a memo detailing the schedule and how it was difficult to ensure that admissions be completed by August 31. The judge, however, refused to make any amends to his directions.
In a separate order, dealing with a batch of another 52 writ petitions, the judge directed the varsity to include some of the colleges for counselling as permitted by the AICTE. The colleges complained that JNTU has reduced their intake capacity citing infrastructure issues. The judge declared the action of the state illegal in this regard.
Once AICTE allows a particular number of seats for a college, then the university cannot arbitrarily reduce them, the judge said. The judge directed the Eamcet convenor to notify all the seats allowed for these colleges.