DU colleges get 'six-hour' deadline to get AICTE approval!
In a fresh twist to the stand-off between DU VC and the HRD Ministry over the FYUP, many colleges were left dumbfounded over an order of AICTE asking them to submit an affidavit within "six hours" to get approval for its B.Tech courses.

The deadline has been termed as "impractical" by many college principals, who could not manage to meet it.

B.Tech programmes in Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Instrumentation Electronics and Polymer Science were launched as part of the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which was last year scrapped following UGC intervention.

UGC had, however, directed DU to continue with these five B.Tech programmes but only for benefit of over 6,000 students admitted in the academic year 2013-2014.

The colleges were asked to seek approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex advisory body regulating technical education in the country.

With several deadlines passing over months, students had raised concerns over non-approval of the courses with HRD Minister Smriti Irani in February this year who, in turn, had directed the VC to do the needful.

Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh has stood his ground over the validity of FYUP to a showcause issued on him last month by the HRD Ministry.

A decision on Singh's continuation as the VC is likely soon.

Last week, about 27 colleges stuck in midst of this stand-off were taken for a "surprise" when they received a communication from AICTE to submit an affidavit promising to address the shortcomings of faculty and infrastructure within the next six months.

The affidavit came after review of these colleges to offer the B.Tech courses.

"The mail from AICTE was received after9 PMon lastThursdayand the deadline was given for six hours, which meant even before the opening time of the colleges next day."

"There were certain clauses in the affidavit which needed to be worked out, hence we chose not to submit it,"said a Principal on condition of anonymity, describing the deadline as "impractical".

As a result, sources said, only about six colleges could submit the affidavit.

AICTE is understood to have refused giving further extension.

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"Non-submission of affidavit by the stipulated time will be considered that your college is not interested and approval will not be granted to your institute," the communication sent to the colleges by AICTE said.

"It requires an affidavit. We could not have submitted a wrong affidavit just for the sake of meeting the deadline.

"How did they expect us to meet it?" said another Principal.