New Delhi: In a bid to check the allotment of five percent reserved seats for the students belonging to ‘economically backward’ sections in technical institutions, the All India Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) is now gearing up to quiz the state governments who have been unable to fill the vacant seats.

AICTE’s acting Chairman Professor SS Mantha on Tuesday said, “Though the technical institutions have reserved five percent seats for the economically backward, their selection will be done by the state government. In fact the governments will only issue directives to them regarding the colleges. Hence, colleges cannot be blamed for not filling the OBC seats in their colleges but the state governments will be held responsible.”

Under the investigation the state governments can also be asked as to why even after the directives the seats are still vacant, Mantha said.

He also detailed that after the initial reports the probe will be taken up accordingly.

SC extends stay on AICTE guidelines for admission

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its stay on the AICTE guidelines to regulate admission, fees and curriculum of private management colleges offering Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses for the academic year of 2012-13.

A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik extended its interim order passed on March 17 this year staying All India Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) guidelines for PGDM institutes for the academic year of 2012-13.

Meanwhile, the Apex Court also gave AICTE a go-ahead to its proposed national-level exam for admission in management institutes.

The bench said the government could bring one national exam in place of the existing five national-level entrance examinations permitted by it on March 17, 2011.

The Apex Court was hearing petitions against the AICTE notification of December 28, 2010, in which the technical education regulator had proposed to take control of PGDM admissions, its fees and curriculum.

As per the interim orders of the Apex Court on March 17, 2011, admission in management institutes were only through the five national level exams.

These were Common Admission Test (CAT) by elite IIMs, Joint Management Entrance Test (JMAT) for admission in management programmes at IITs and IISC, Xavier's Aptitude Test (XAT) by XLRI, Management Aptitude Test (MAT) by All India Management Institute and AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) by national network of management schools.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies