Information received under RTI from the Directorate of Technical Education reveals that 67 institutions offering technical courses in Maharashtra are functioning without recognition from AICTE
As much as 67 technical institutes in Maharashtra are operating without recognition from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Activist Anil Galgali, who had filed the RTI, said, "Students seeking admission in these institutions are unaware of the status and then they get trapped as the certificates awarded by the institution/s lack any value and hampers the future of these students."
As on 23 December 2014, out of the 67 total institutions, the maximum 33 are operating from Mumbai, 13 in Navi Mumbai, eight in Pune, four in Thane, three in Nasik, two in Kalyan and one each in Bhiwandi, Ahmed Nagar, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, reveals information received from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
The list of institutions functioning without recognition include prominent institutions like Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan, which bears name of Maharashtra's former chief minister Vasantdada Patil, Ismail Yusuf College of Arts, Science and Commerce and the Elphinstone College from Mumbai.
The list includes names of institutions that have more than one college which are unrecognized. College of Modern Technology and Engineering, College of Engineering and Management, Hello Technologies and Training Pvt Ltd, Kerrox Technologies Ltd, Trinity Academy for Corporate Training Ltd are the institutions that have branches in multiple places, which are functioning without any recognition from the AICTE.
“The state government should pay attention to the issue and devise a special campaign to create awareness and also make institutions seek the necessary approvals and recognitions to ensure the students do not get trapped in the mess,” Galgali said.