UGC blacklists private varsities

 The commission has blacklisted 40 state private universities and colleges from all over the country for violating regulations and setting up off-campuses outside the jurisdiction of their respective states.

It has also warned students to go through the commission’s website before seeking admission into the private universities.

A public notice issued by the commission stated “It has come to the notice of the University Grants Commission that some of the State Private Universities have affiliated colleges and started off-campus centre(s) beyond the territorial jurisdiction of their State in violation of the UGC  Regulations, 2003 and against the judgment in case of Prof. Yash Pal & Others vs. State of Chhatisgarh & Others.”

It added that while the universities can operate off-campuses within the repective states, they do not have permission to run off-campus centres in other states.
A couple of high profile institutions, both of which have a presence in the city find themselves in the list.

One of the institutions, which has a full fledged off-campus in the city has been operating for a year and has 132 students on its roll. The institution offers Business Masters in a variety of specialisations and has attracted over 200 applicants for the course for academic year 2009 -10.

When Deccan Herald  contacted the insititution’s branch director, he was unaware of the development. The Director said “As far as this list goes, the authorities at the head office of the University must provide a clarification. But we have approached the state government for a short term NOC.”

 He also added that in the long term the university plans to approach the state government for university status. However, he declined to comment on the status of the existing students until further details emerge.

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