'The Citizens Forum for Sanctity in Education' has accused the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) for not taking action against the Bandra-based Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC), which is reportedly functioning without an Occupation Certificate (OC) from the BMC, despite multiple court orders.
In letters sent to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javdekar, the Central Vigilance Commissioner, Rajiv and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Chairman, Prof Anil D. Sahastrbuddhe, the forum has pointed out that the college has neither obtained the OC nor shifted its students elsewhere, pending the receipt of the OC.
The college campus consists of two buildings, one six storey structure and another 11 storey structure. It is yet to get the OC for the 10th and 11th floors in the second building. The forum has demanded that taction be taken against the college.
When the AICTE directed the college not to admit students for the academic year 2016-2017, pending receipt of OC, the college filed a writ petition (No 1488/2016-Thadomal Vs AICTE) in the Bombay High Court, challenging the order of the AICTE. In response while giving an interim relief, the court on June 8, 2016 directed the college management to obtain the OC within four months and admit students subject to the final outcome of the petition.
In the meanwhile, AICTE filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court (SLP 20137/2016 AICTE Vs Thadomal) challenging the interim relief given to the college by the Bombay High Court. In turn, the Supreme Court on August 12, 2016 directed the Bombay High Court to dispose off the petition within eight weeks.
“Despite the time given by both the courts, the college has not obtained the OC and even the Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has not directed the college to shift its students elsewhere,” Prof. Sadanand Shelgaonkar, an office bearer of the forum said.
“A few months back, in similar situation, the DTE had directed the Chunabhatti-based Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan’s College of Engineering to shift its students to other colleges.”