University Grants Commission (UGC) has passed a new resolution that now allow deemed private universities to have six off-center campuses, barely three months after it issued notice to 10 deemed universities, including prestigious ones like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research without clearance. But for government-established and managed deemed universities, the UGC’s ceiling of six off-campuses will not apply. The HRD ministry has however clarified that having off-campuses does not mean that UGC and HRD ministry clearance is not needed.
BITS Pilani which received notice for having off-campus in Goa and Hyderabad has moved Delhi HC against UGC. The case against these universities has further diluted after it approved the existence of Bhubaneshwar-based National Institute of Science Education & Research, off-campus center of Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai. A senior UGC official stated, “This has weakened UGC’s case against 10 deemed universities. Eventually all will get clearance”.
Notices were sent to Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University; Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani; Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra; Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad; Banasthali University, Rajasthan; Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu; Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) Uttar Pradesh; Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Homi Bhabha National Institute in November.
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