Posted September 09, 2019 12:03:58The state government is looking to take the education department to court over the way it manages the state’s government-run colleges, with some of the institutions facing legal action.
The Kerala Government Education Department has come under scrutiny after it admitted to failing to provide full refunds to students who applied for the prestigious Indian Institute of Science and Technology (IISc) and the AIIMS for failing to meet the minimum standards set by the state government.
The college boards have been accused of being negligent and failing to make sure that they meet the requirements of the state-run accreditation agency (AaRA) or the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE).
The colleges are now facing a court case filed by the Kerala Government Council Against Abuses and Incompetence.
The colleges’ accreditation bodies have been given a deadline of December 31, 2020 to submit their report.
However, in a court notice on Friday, the Kerala High Court ordered the government to give full refunds or give them back to students in a month’s time.
The AaRA has issued a notice to the government saying the colleges had not submitted their report by September 30.
In a letter to the Aara on Friday evening, a senior official said the college boards were required to provide a report by November 6.
The letter did not name the colleges or their officials.
The letter also said that the college had not been given notice of its hearing date by the A.G. Khan Municipal Corporation (AGMC), which has jurisdiction over the college.
The AGMC, however, did not reply to the letter and did not issue a written notice on the issue.
On Monday, the government issued a reply to a similar notice from the Ara seeking details of the status of the colleges and further details of its action.
In its reply, the ARA said the government would send a letter on October 13 requesting it to provide details of details of students who were admitted for the AIIS.