Higher Education

Higher Education

AICTE scraps nod to engg college for flouting norms

PUBLISH DATE 2nd March 2017

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Thursday withdrew with immediate effect its approval to the Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College here for not paying its teaching staff according to the 6th pay commission recommendations. The college, a prominent institution run by former minister Kamal Kishor Kadam and his brother Baburao, who are close to NCP president Sharad Pawar, has been put in the “withdrawal of approval“ category for 2017-18. Its 244 teachers were to get salaries as per the 6th pay commission recommendations with effect from January 1, 2006.The AICTE also ordered the transfer of the more than 2,600 students of the college to other nearby approved institutions. In January this year, the Supreme Court had upheld the verdict of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court directing the college management as well as the AICTE and the state government to ensure that the teachers and non-teaching staff get salaries according to the pay commission recommendations. The HC, in its order, had stated that if the recommendations were not honoured, the state government, respective universities and the AICTE were to take steps for withdrawal of different affiliations to the college. When the institution still failed to implement the orders, the staff association filed a contempt petition in the HC on February 10 through its lawyer, Sanjay Chaukidar. Acting on the petition, the HC asked the AICTE to explain what action it had initiated in the matter. Accordingly, the AICTE instituted an “expert visit committee“ which found that some of the teachers had not been paid in accordance with the pay commission's recommendations and also that women employees were being denied the mandatory 180 days' maternity leave. Subsequently, the AICTE constituted a “standing hearing committee“ which asked the institution to explain its stand. When contacted, college principal Sudhir Deshmukh told TOI, “We are in the process of implementing the high court order.Since the amount required to settle the dues in the light of the HC verdict could be in crores of rupees, the management has to make appropriate arrangements.“