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In Lucknow, a significant concern hangs over the commencement of DR APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University’s academic session for 2020-2024, particularly affecting first-year courses. This apprehension stems from a recent Supreme Court decision that dismissed the university’s appeal. The appeal had contested a High Court ruling that refused the university’s request to extend the deadline for granting affiliation to new colleges and extending affiliations to existing ones, potentially jeopardizing the entire academic session.

DR. APJ Abdul Kalam University, Lucknow

AKTU (Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University) oversees a network of 749 affiliated colleges, and none of these colleges possess permanent affiliation status. In accordance with the regulations outlined on the official website of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), each year, newly established colleges must initially seek fresh approval from the AICTE. Subsequently, they are required to obtain affiliation from AKTU. Similarly, under AICTE’s extension of approval process, colleges must apply to AKTU for the extension of affiliation. This practice is mirrored by the Pharmacy Council of India as well.

Admission to 1.32L UG, PG seats in over 749 affiliated colleges may be hit 

The failure of AKTU to secure an affiliation extension could have far-reaching consequences, particularly affecting admissions to more than 1.32 lakh undergraduate and postgraduate seats spread across 749 colleges throughout the state. According to information available on the AICTE’s website, approval had been granted to all these colleges in June. Subsequently, AKTU was provided with a one-month window until July 31 to grant affiliations. Regrettably, the university was unable to meet this crucial deadline.