High Court to regulate private universities in Himachal


    By : Mohan Verma

    In a major blow to 15 private universities and an each of the private technical institutes in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court decided to not intervene in prevailing mechanism to regulate the admission by the state authority.

    Dismissing petitions of the Himachal Private Universities Management Association and the Private Technical Institution’s Association, a division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan on Wednesday said, “The impugned measures providing for admission on the basis of combined entrance test (CET) are reasonable”.

    The bench, which reserved the judgment on July 8, said that “fixation of fee is a policy matter and lies solely within the domain of the respondents (Government and Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission). Even otherwise, this court lacks expertise to determine what should be the fees for different kinds of courses”.

    Though the petitioners, said the bench, have claimed various reliefs in the petitions.

    It said during the course of arguments the petitioners had confined their claim for issuance of writ of mandamus directing the state to allow the institutions to fill the seats.

    The petitioners contended that earlier they were permitted to admit the students in the technical courses in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education
    (AICTE). It was provided that in case some of the seats remain vacant after counselling, these would be filled by adhering to the criteria prescribed by the AICTE.

    Now the state-run Himachal Pradesh Technical University in Hamirpur issued fresh guidelines on December 6, 2013 for admission in B.Tech, B.Pharma, MCA, MBA, M.Tech and M.Pharma courses for session 2014-15 and the petitioners cannot admit students either on their own or through any other agencies, they pleaded.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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