AICTE blames Colleges for mix-up

Several engineering seat aspirants who were turned away from the colleges that they had opted for, following “confusion” regarding the seat matrix uploaded by the All India Council of Technical Education in July, selected seats in the casual vacancy round that began here on Wednesday.

The mix-up in the seat matrix had landed around 19 students in a fix. These students who had opted for civil engineering in PESIT were left in the lurch because the fresh AICTE list, uploaded in the middle of the counselling process, showed a ‘reduced’ intake. These students were forced to opt for seats in other colleges.

The State Government blamed the AICTE for bungling up this year’s CET counselling process.

AICTE Chairman S.S. Mantha placed the blame on the colleges. “Colleges made several errors while uploading information, and the new software automatically formulated the list. How are we to blame for the discrepancies,” he asked.

Refuting allegations by Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali, Prof. Mantha said the new online system introduced by the AICTE this year is based on a self-certification system.

“Colleges were required to upload their approved intake; some of them confused that with existing intake or with the intake that they had applied for.” Later, clarifications were issued and the lists rectified.

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