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Court order FIR against Indore Oriental University for allegedly running engineering courses

Times of India | | Indore | Madhya Pradesh |

INDORE: District court has ordered registration of an FIR against Oriental University bosses for allegedly running engineering courses without having recognition from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Hearing petition of Sanjay Kotwar, who took admission in diploma in civil engineering course in the university in 2011, judicial magistrate first class DR Kumhare ordered to register a case for fraud under section 420 of IPC against varsity’s founder chancellor KL Thakral, director Gaurav Thakral and principal HR Singh. Counsel for petitioner, Mahendra Mishra, said, “The court has found that students are being misled with false advertisement.” AICTE regional officer in Bhopal, Sandeep Salodkar, said Oriental University is not recognized by the apex regulatory body.  Kotwar after completing plus two from MP Board took admission on the basis of a pamphlet provided by the university mentioning that university is AICTE-recognized to run engineering courses.


UGC warns students against unapproved study centres, off campus centres, franchisee institutions

Indian Express | Express News Service | Pune | Posted: November 5, 2014 |

University Grants Commission has issued circular warning students against taking admission in unapproved study centres/ off campus centres/ franchisee institutions. These institutions do not have affiliation to any state university/ private university or deemed university but in the advertisements published by them in the national dailies, they claim to have so. “It is a matter of serious concern that advertisements are published by certain private institutions in national dailies offering opportunities for the award of university degrees through various franchisee programmes. Such private institutions claim themselves as study centres of different universities and lure students to enroll in various unapproved programmes. This is a blatant contravention of the UGC’s rules and regulations,” said the notice by UGC.

Nidheesh is an IT professional who got admission into such a study centre in Pune for a four year postal BTech course in 2011. “For the first two years, they used to conduct proper exams and give us marksheets. But whenever we used to ask them about the university marksheet, they would give some excuse,” said Nidheesh who is a resident of Bengaluru now. “Now when we started pressurizing them, they asked us to come to their office and when we went there we came to know that they have vacated the premises as it was in a rented space and all of us have lost our money and precious three years,” added Nidheesh.

The notice by UGC further asks students to check their official website for further information. “The general public is also advised to refer the detailed public notice dated 12th July 2013 issued by the UGC or visit its website ugc.ac.in in regards to various regulatory provisions pertaining to Universities and their functioning,” says the notice.  Courtesy  UGC Link

Two city college principals booked for wrong information on courses on offer ; Mumbai

Indian Express |Express News Service | Mumbai | October 29, 2014  |

A year after the employees of Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil College at Sion-Chunabhatti complained to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) regarding the misrepresentation of facts by the college to get courses sanctioned and approved, the Wadala Truck Terminal police registered an FIR on Monday evening, against the principals of two colleges. They also registered cases against the president and general secretary of the college management for cheating, submitting false documents and forgery. According to Mahesh singh Thakur, general secretary of Dharamrajya Kaamgar Karmchari Mahasangh (DKKM) that has been at the forefront of exposing the fraud by the management of the two colleges since past few years said that it is sad that despite the AICTE and DTE being made aware of the fraud, no action was taken against the management. “We have been working to highlight the cheating and fraudulent means by which the college management has flouted AICTE and DTE norms since the past year. Even after a case was made out about the same on the instructions of the court that was hearing our petition, the government did nothing to register a case nor took any action against the management. Our organization had to pursue the matter and finally an FIR has been registered against the college officials and management,” said Thakur.

The FIR has been registered against Dr. KTV Reddy — principal of Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil’s College of Engineering, Ashok Chavan — principal of Manohar Phalke Polytechnic college, trustee of the college Dhanaji Jadhav and secretary of the trust Ashalata Phalke under section 420 (Cheating), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 464 (Making a false document) and 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) According to the FIR, the college management has misled the authorities into believing that they have fulfilled all criteria for continuation of their existence and affiliation but the fact is that the details of area used for various facilities like library, laboratory, recreation room, and so on is much lesser than the actual. This has been a clear case of misrepresentation of facts and fraud. Last year, the BMC had also carried out demolition of two upper floors of the college as it was declared unauthorised.


Supreme Court (SC) pulls up AICTE, univesity for delay

The Hindu | J. Venkatesan |

Authorities like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), who are in-charge of granting approval, preparing syllabus and imparting education are required to behave with responsibility and not cause any inconvenience to students, the Supreme Court has held. Giving this ruling a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit said, “when an attitude of apathy or lackadaisical propensity or proclivity of procrastination of the statutory authorities creeps in as a consequence of which the time schedule meant for approval of the educational institutions and commencement of the courses is not adhered to, a feeling of devouring darkness seems to reign supreme as if “things fall apart.”


Supreme Court gives NOD for PGDM admissions 2015-16; B Schools in pre AICTE 2010 notification mode

MBAUniverse.com | 15 Oct 2014 |

Hon`ble Supreme Court has today on October 15, 2014 allowed the PGDM institutions to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16.

In a swift turn of events, Hon’ble Supreme Court has today on October 15, 2014 allowed the PGDM institutions to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16. The apex court of India has also allowed the B schools to maintain the pre AICTE notification (2010) status which restricted them on various counts. It is a significant order that would bring about clarity on the PGDM admissions 2015-16 as the 300 private B schools offering PGDM programmes were not able to proceed with their admission process for academic session 2015-16 due to lack of clarity on this issue. The petition was filed in Hon’ble Supreme Court by EPSI, Jaipuria Institute of Management and AIMS regarding staying of the AICTE’s Notification (2010) and restoring the status quo and autonomy of PGDM institutions for the academic year 2015-16. . Hon’ble Supreme Court in its four interim orders earlier had restored the status quo and stayed the AICTE Notification of (2010) for Academic Sessions of 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. With this order now the B schools may have the sigh of relief to go ahead with their admission process 2015-16 as well.

The tricky case was contended at Supreme Court of India by Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi a very senior counsel alongwith country’s other leading lawyers, Mr K K Venugopal, Mr Gopal Shankar Narayan and Mr Naresh Kaushik . The case came up before the Supreme Court on October 13, 2014. After a prolonged argument and a lot of convincing arguments, the bench decided not to drop the petition. The Bench however during the hearing had expressed its reservations in extending any further stay in the matter.  The combined case of EPSI, Jaipuria Institute of Management and AIMS was scheduled for October 14, 2014 before the same bench and country’s  leading lawyers, Mr K K Venugopal, Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi along with  Mr Gopal Shankar Narayan and Mr Naresh Kaushik were present together to represent the case. However, the case could not be taken up by the closing hours and was slated for hearing on Oct 15, 2014. The case came up before the bech today and the apex court on October 15, 2014 has issued the stay order for another one academic year  2015-16. It was expected that Hon’ble Court may not just give another stay order as in previous years but would proceed towards giving a final verdict in the petition. However another year of stay has been allowed now by the apex court restoring the autonomy, conduct of examinations, admissions, fee structure and governance for academic session 2015-16.


Petition of AIMS, EPSI, Jaipuria brings relief from Supreme court to 300 PGDM B-schools  | MBAUniverse.com | 16 Oct 2014 | Read More …

No solution in sight for IIT-UGC row on degrees

The Times of India | |

NEW DELHI: The IIT-UGC row over degrees may take longer than expected to get resolved. The IIT Council has decided to set up a three-member committee to look into the issue. It will consist of HRD secretary Ashok Thakur, UGC chairperson Ved Prakash and scientist Anil Kakodkar.  Earlier the HRD ministry was thinking of seeking the law ministry’s opinion but it has been put on hold. One IIT director said, “A non-issue has been allowed to become a serious problem. It could have been resolved through talks earlier. Hope the committee finds a way out.”  IITs continue to insist that UGC had no business to write to them to give degrees only approved by the Commission. They claim that IITs are governed by an act of Parliament not the UGC. IITs, one director said, are empowered to “institute courses of study” without UGC’s approval. “UGC is confused about IITs’ autonomy and powers. It is UGC that needs to understand both the acts,” the IIT director said. On its part, UGC says Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 stipulates that IITs can institute courses of study, hold examinations and grant degrees/diplomas and other academic distinctions or titles.  UGC says ‘courses of study’ does not mean ‘degrees’ since the two phrases are used at different places in the IT Act, 1961. UGC says provisions of the UGC Act 1956 and IT Act should be understood in a harmonious manner rather than to the exclusion of the other. “It would be more appropriate if IITs list the various degrees which they feel are not in conformity with the list of UGC-specified degrees. The exact mismatch between IIT Kharagpur degrees and the UGC-specified degrees may have to be reviewed jointly and an appropriate solution worked out considering the students’ interests at stake,” UGC says.


No move to dissolve UGC, says commission member; D N Reddy

The Times of India | |

PUNE: University Grants Commission (UGC) member D N Reddy on Friday ruled out any move to dissolve the commission in favour of some other regulatory body for higher education in the country. “The present (NDA) government is thinking of restructuring the UGC. However, there is no move to scrap the commission,” Reddy said, while responding to the concerns raised by the representatives of open and distance learning (ODL) institutes. Reddy said, “An expert committee assigned by the HRD ministry under a former UGC chairman is currently working on the restructuring plan, which is much required considering the changes the higher education in the country has gone through over the last several years. The number of colleges and universities has gone up rapidly over the years.”

“When the UGC Act was passed in 1956, the number of colleges in the country was 100s but now, we have over 38,000 colleges and 600 universities. The universities are expected to go up to 1,000. As such, restructuring of the commission is needed to address various issues on account of such expansion of higher education,” he said. An expert panel, headed by R P Agrawal, former secretary to HRD ministry, was looking into the amendments to the UGC Act, he added. Last year, the HRD ministry transferred the regulatory functions for ODL universities and institutions to the UGC after the Distance Education Council (DEC), which was performing the regulatory functions as a constituent unit of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), was dissolved. A set of interim regulations were prepared by the N R Madhava Menon committee and the same are being implemented by the UGC’s Distance Education Board.

Reddy conceded that there is no clarity yet on various regulatory norms for ODL institutes and for offering technical education through distance education board. “The Supreme Court has already said the All India Council for Technical Education has no powers to regulate technical education. The report of the HRD ministry’s Madhava Menon committee on reforms in distance education is to go to the Parliament for approval in the form of an enactment for a new regulatory authority for distance education. We expect a clear picture to emerge by December when the regulatory authority and apt regulations will be in place.” He said, “The reforms committee’s recommendations are excellent from both, the government and the institutes’ point of view but, much would depend on how much the government adopts and translates into the act for the proposed regulatory authority.”


Get nod for promotional activities abroad, UGC tells Vice-Chancellors

The Hindu | Education Plus |  |

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Vice-Chancellors of all universities to seek approval before undertaking any promotional activity overseas. Failure to do so could attract disciplinary action, the UGC warned. The Commission is a funding authority and also a regulator for higher education. Apart from seeking approval from the Commission and the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, Vice-Chancellors have also been told that the local Indian missions be kept in the loop. According to a letter sent out on Wednesday to all Vice-Chancellors, some universities have been found engaging – directly or through agents appointed by them – with citizens of foreign countries to entice them into getting admission in their courses. “The Indian missions abroad are kept in the dark in the entire process of admission. Such activities not only cause great harm to the image of Indian universities and institutions but also potentially pose a threat to national security,’’ the communication pointed out.

Courtesy       UGC Link

Central universities: HRD Ministry pushes for common norms

The Indian Express |Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi |  September 18, 2014

As part of its efforts to introduce one legislation for all central universities, the Human Resource Development Ministry has circulated the draft bill to all such varsities, asking them to revert with suggestions within three weeks. According to minutes of the retreat of vice-chancellors chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani in Chandigarh last week, the “Single Act for Central Universities has been circulated to all Central Universities for inviting their suggestions.” The draft bill is based on recommendations of the A M Pathan committee and has been criticised for compromising the autonomy of these universities. There are currently 40 central universities under the Ministry, of which 16 were created in 2009 under one Act, while the rest are governed by separate Acts of Parliament. “No consensus has been evolved on the issue even though its clear the Ministry is keen on it. But yes, questions of autonomy and protecting the distinct character of each university cannot be ignored,” a V-C, who attended the retreat, said.

Officials said the idea behind a single legislation is to bring in “greater uniformity” in terms of structure and governance, even while retaining the universities’ academic autonomy.   To “expedite the process” of appointments and ensure that the selection process is not upheld due to the unavailability of one nominee, the Ministry has decided to propose five names as Visitor’s nominees for selection committees, as against the one it proposes now. “There was a common consensus that MHRD will propose a panel of five names as Visitor’s nominees for the Selection Committees of each university across the disciplines of academic as well as non-academic positions separately,” the minutes state. “The idea is that if one member is not available then the next one on the panel can step in and the process doesn’t get held up,” an official said. The Ministry has also directed the V-Cs to form a committee to prepare a proposal to convert posts of professor and associate professor to assistant professor. The committee will have to prepare a report and submit it to UGC in a month’s time. Officials said the idea behind the proposal is to give greater flexibility in appointments by re-appropriating positions within the cadre. The availability of a large number of candidates for posts of assistant professor has also prompted this move. If the norm is implemented, a university would be free to appoint an assistant professor in place of a professor/associate professor if it is unable to get applicants for the latter. Universities have also been asked to send all MoUs signed by them in the last 20-25 years to the Ministry within one month.


Lack of building: Delhi HC upholds AICTE order against engineering college

Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi |September 15, 2014

The Delhi High Court today upheld a decision by AICTE to place a city-based engineering college under “withdrawal of approval status” for the academic year 2014-15 on grounds including lack of own permanent building.  “It is apparent that the petitioner-institute suffers from several deficiencies pointed out by the Expert Visiting Committee. Despite various notices issued by AICTE to it to shift to a permanent site, it has been conducting engineering course from temporary premises for more than 15 years.  “While it is true that the time to shift premises has been extended till December 31, 2014, yet this court finds that no steps have been taken by petitioners for shifting their college to a permanent site. After all a building cannot be constructed overnight,” a bench of Justice Manmohan said.  It upheld the All India Council for Technical Education’s order of June 24 by which Delhi-based Guru Premsukh Memorial College Engineering was put under the category of “withdrawal of approval status” for the academic year 2014-15. AICTE had also requested the Principal Secretary (Higher and Technical Education) Delhi and the Registrar of GGSIP University to shift affected students of other AICTE-approved institutes in consultation with the Delhi government. “…This court is of the view that the impugned order dated 24th June, 2014 suffers from no illegality, irregularity and/or procedural impropriety…,” the court said while dismissing the plea of the engineering college. The college, affiliated to GGSIP University, has been functioning under the aegis of the AICTE since 2000 and has been running on rented accommodation.  In 2000, the college had applied to the DDA for five acres of land for construction of the college building at a permanent site in accordance with the AICTE norms.  Initially, DDA allotted three acres of land at Rohini. However, it was subsequently cancelled in 2004-2005. The college, which has been getting interim permission to start academic session during 2006-2011, was later put in the category of “withdrawal of approval status” by the AICTE.



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