The high court stay on the second round of counselling for engineering seats has left colleges worried over whether they could abide by the JEE board’s order to start first-year classes by August 1.
The high court had issued the stay on July 10 following a petition by a private engineering college in Barasat challenging the methodology of the second counselling, which was to be held from July 14-17.
The board has filed a plea to get the stay vacated. The hearing was scheduled for Monday but was deferred to Tuesday.
“The deadline for starting classes is set after factoring in the schedule for allotment of seats and admission of students. Classes can start once the entire process is over. Since the schedule has gone awry over legal issues, it would be difficult to start classes by August 1,” said Dhurjati Banerjee, the general secretary of the Association of Professional Academic Institutions, a body of private engineering colleges in the state.
The August 1 deadline is also applicable to Jadavpur University, Besu and other government engineering colleges.
Board chairman Bhaskar Gupta, however, expressed the hope that the colleges would be able to meet the August 1 deadline. “No doubt we have lost precious days because of the legal tussle. But we expect to resume counselling soon…. Once it happens, the board will take all steps to ensure the deadline is met,” said Gupta.
According to the counselling roster posted on the board’s website, the results of the third round of seat allotment will be declared on July 22. Admission for those allotted berths in the final round is scheduled from July 23-25.
“No one knows when the final verdict will come. The board has done nothing apart from posting a message on its site that it has filed an appeal. It’s obvious that classes could not begin by August 1,” said the principal of a tech college.