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JNTU, Hyderabad to disaffiliate 143 engineering colleges in Telangana

The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad has disaffiliated 143 engineering colleges in Telangana for failing to meet required infrastructure facilities and qualified faculty members.

Around 803 first-year engineering and pharmacy courses has been disaffiliated.

More than 70,000 students are studying in second, third and fourth year in these colleges and affiliation for this year still stands.

JNTU, Hyderabad disaffiliated 143 engg colleges

Meanwhile, these colleges have been asked to rectify their deficiencies within 45 days to receive affiliation for the coming academic year.

Earlier in 2014, JNTU Hyderabad had denied the affiliation for 174 engineering colleges in Telangana prior EAMCET counselling. Out of them, 163 colleges had approached the Supreme Court said that the university's action is illegal.

As per the reports by the expert committee, which inspected 163 engineering colleges, 7 out of 8 B.Pharmacy courses offered on the integrated campuses for the academic year 2014-15, have also been disaffiliated.

JNTU, Hyderabad, Registrar, N V Ramana Rao said, "The same has been conveyed to the Pharmacy Council of India."

Rao said, "Students who are currently studying first- year B Tech and B.Pharm in the disaffiliated colleges will be given option to join other colleges where seats are available. Soon a notification in this regard will be issued."

Only 20 engineering colleges out of all 163 colleges have managed to impress the expert committee on the parameters of infrastructure and retain the affiliation.

Among them, six are currently facing criminal cases for showing fake faculty to the expert committee. The university has decided to withhold their affiliation until the outcome of the police investigation.

During its inspection, the expert committee, consisting of faculty members from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad and BITS Pilani, found that the colleges were functioning without basic facilities like qualified faculty, proper laboratories, libraries and other equipment. Some of the colleges did not even have proper computer labs.

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