Shabad Welfare Society vs Union Of India And Ors on 19 November, 2015

: G.ROHINI, CHIEF JUSTICE

1. This petition as a PIL is filed alleging inaction on the part of
AICTE in taking action against the Engineering Colleges conducting
unapproved courses like B.Sc. and M.Sc. in spite of the fact that it had
undertaken before this Court in W.P.(C) No.4225/2012 to conduct in-
depth inquiry into the matter.
2. The material available on record shows that the petitioner had
earlier filed W.P.(C) No.4225/2012 seeking a direction to the
respondents to take appropriate action against those Engineering
Colleges which are admitting students for the unauthorized B.Sc. and
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M.Sc. courses throughout the country without any approval from AICTE
and to cancel the approval granted to all the said colleges which are
running unapproved courses. The said writ petition was disposed of by a
Division Bench of this Court by order dated 18.07.2012 recording the
statement of the counsel for AICTE that the allegations would be
examined and an in-depth inquiry would be conducted in the matter.
This Court also directed that the outcome of the investigation in the form
of status report shall be filed in this Court with a copy to the petitioner.
In pursuance thereof, the status report dated 13.02.2014 was filed by
AICTE which shows that out of the total 49 institutions in the list
submitted by the petitioner in W.P.(C) No.4225/2012, the names of 2
institutions were repeated and so far as the remaining 47 institutions are
concerned, after getting the inspections conducted through Expert
Committee, the Regional Office of AICTE at Chennai found that 5
institutions were not conducting any unapproved courses. Therefore,
show cause notices were issued to the remaining 42 institutions and the
explanations received were considered by a duly constituted Standing
Complaint Committee (SCC) headed by the Retired Judge of a High
Court. After examining the documents, the Committee found that out of
42 institutions, 20 have closed the unapproved courses. Regarding 22
institutions which are found to have running the unapproved courses, the
Standing Complaint Committee recommended that AICTE shall proceed
against the said institutions both with regard to conducting unapproved
courses as well as the other deficiencies by issuing separate notices. The
recommendations of the Standing Complaint Committee were
considered by the Executive Committee (EC) of AICTE in its 84 th
meeting held on 29.08.2013. The decision taken by the EC under Items

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No.84.03.01 and 84.03.02 which are relevant for the purpose of the
present case read as under:-

Source: Indian Kanoon

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