About 250 non-state-assisted private engineering and degree colleges have been disaffiliated by the Department of Higher Education for the 2022-23 academic year for failing to meet the requirements stipulated in the regulations.
College principals are in shock as this is the first time the department has decided to disaffiliate colleges that have failed to make amends even after receiving notices from authorities.
Colleges must comply with the conditions set by the respective universities and must have achieved the academic and administrative standards prescribed by the university and have NAAC accreditation. They must submit documents relating to land, building accommodation, corpus fund, financial resources, playground, parking and fire safety in addition to staff position and other key aspects .
To start undergraduate programs at existing university colleges for the 2022-23 academic year, APSCHE released the notification on May 16 this year. June 10 was the deadline for colleges to submit applications with documents to the Board, and on June 20, officials communicated to institutions their shortcomings. Verification of the original documents in accordance with the request was carried out from June 27 to July 1, after which inspections were scheduled for July 4 to July 8, and on July 20 clearance orders were issued to colleges that met the conditions .
Members of the Andhra Pradesh Private Degree College Managements’ Association criticized the decision saying they were being harassed for pressuring the department to release the pending scholarship amounts.
Citing what they call ‘hard’ clauses in GO 36 published in May last year, they said the insistence on accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) had made the difficult task for college principals, as the process would take 2-3 years. and it would cost between ₹25 lakh to ₹30 lakh for each one.
A significant number of university colleges affiliated with 10 universities in the state had not been allowed to make admissions this academic year, including 32 colleges under Rayalaseema University, 38 colleges under Krishna University, seven under Acharya Nagarjuna University, eight under Adikavi Nannayya University, eight under Andhra University, eight under Ambedkar University, eight under Sri Krishnadevaraya University and seven under Sri Venkateswara University.
The managements of nearly 20 colleges approached the court which allowed them to admit students after meeting the conditions.