For the 27 DU colleges who are seeking AICTE's nod to run B.Tech courses, there is at last some good news. The AICTE has decided to consider the case with a fresh view.
A trusted source said, "It was agreed at a meeting between Delhi University and AICTE officials that AICTE will take a lenient view and examine the case from a fresh perspective. AICTE is likely to conduct a fresh inspection of the colleges and consider it as a special case,"
In an interesting turn of events, last week, the AICTE ordered the colleges to submit an affidavit within 6 hours, saying that they would look into the shortcomings of infrastructure and faculty within a period of 6 months.
With most of the colleges terming the deadline to be 'impractical', only six colleges were understood to have filed the required affidavit.
One of the sources quoted, "After the six-hour deadline passed, DU had approached AICTE explaining the difficulties in adhering to the directive. The varsity was assured that non-submission of the affidavit would not impact the procedure of granting the nod in this case,"
The entire controversy is around the new B.Tech programs in the field of Food Technology, Computer Science, Polymer Science and Instrumentation. These were introduced as a part of the controversial FYUP, which was taken down last year.
The UGC permitted the DU to continue with these programs so that 6,000 students of this program don't face any issues.
The UGC asked the colleges to seek approval from the AICTE to ensure that the programs are run in accordance with the specific guidelines.
Delay from the side of the colleges to seek AICTE has angered and the HRD ministry alike. Official communication from the AICTE said, "Non-submission of affidavit by the stipulated time will be taken to mean that your college is not interested and approval will not be granted to your institute,"