The PTU has also been rapped by the state government with preliminary findings of an inquiry marked by Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram revealing it had not followed a proper procedure while conducting a counseling session on August 6.
Six students had earlier approached the High Court, claiming they had not been given due opportunity to take admissions to institutions affiliated to PTU.
Vice-Chancellor Rajnish Arora said the university had booked seats for those six students. It had also advised its counsel to seek an early decision from the High Court on the next hearing on August 17 so that the academic schedule was not affected. The academic session for 2009-10 in institutions affiliated to it would start on August 17 as per schedule.
Dr Arora claimed the counseling on the basis of plus two merit had been done following a government notification and was in line with the precedence set last year. "We had also announced the current scheduled through advertisements two months ago", he added.
Meanwhile, students as well as their guardians are a confused lot. Social worker Navdeep Asija said there were also attempts to be fool students with reports earlier stating seats in government colleges had been filled. "Now, when many students have taken admission in private colleges after paying exorbitant fees, they have come to know that seats are still available in government institutions", he added.
A few others said they had even submitted fee because counseling had been continuing since the last two days and were now unclear about their status. The Vice-Chancellor said all colleges had been directed not to take any fee from aspirants. "We will go by the final court order", he added.
The PTU has allotted 13,000 seats during two rounds of counseling to eligible students, 9,000 of whom have taken admission in its affiliated colleges. It has 17,000 seats available for counseling. The total availability of seats for engineering colleges in the state is around 23,000.
Meanwhile, the PTU officials in a press note released in the evening said: "The counseling has been postponed till further court orders. The counseling for sports, defence and paramilitary categories which was to be held on August 17 has been stopped. The academic session will start from August 17. The counseling schedule for lateral entry to second year students shall be carried out from August 28 onwards".