This year, eight colleges affiliated with Gujarat Technological University (GTU) were not allowed to admit any student for the academic year 2022-23. The eight colleges across the state were prevented from admitting any students after the colleges failed to fill up vacancies for full-time principals, and teachers and set up adequate infrastructure to meet the criteria set by the varsity’s academic audit. Every year, the GTU conducts an audit of the colleges affiliated with the varsity.
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The colleges against whom action was taken include Samarth College of Engineering and Technology, Himmatnagar, Tatva Institute of Technological Studies, Modasa, Nobel Star Engineering College, Knowledge Institute of Technology and Engineering, Vedvyas Polytechnic, Dadhichi Diploma Polytechnic College, NR Vekaria Institute of Technology and Param Institute of Management and Research.
Two of the eight colleges could not fulfill the mandatory criteria despite assurances to the varsity while three failed to give the GTU any assurance. Three others failed to get the All India Council for Technological Education (AICTE) Extension of the Approval letter.
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A GTU official said the colleges are now in the no-admission zone after they failed to meet the academic criteria set by the varsity. An official said that last year one of the engineering colleges on the list admitted students for the first year without getting AICTE approval. “The admissions were given in 50% seats meant for Self Finance Institutes (SFIs) while the rest were to be filled through the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC). No admissions were given under the latter category as they did not have any permission,” said officials.
The official said this year however the college did not admit any students in the SFI seats too. “We however had to transfer the students to other colleges so that they would not continue to study in a college that lacked permission,” said the official.
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Registrar KN Kher confirmed the development and said the varsity gave the colleges adequate time. GTU issued notices to these colleges on August 30 to fill up vacant seats or face action.
The varsity had asked 435 affiliated institutes to submit various details to verify their academic preparedness ahead of the new academic year. Of this, 38 had inadequate teachers while a few lacked a principal. In all 4,775 seats in different courses were hacked and colleges were warned that they would be put in the No Admission Zone if vacancies were not filled.