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UGC has directed ten institutions to immediately shut
UGC has directed ten institutions to immediately shut down their off-campus centres, saying these are 'unauthorized' and have been set up against the rules.

NEW DELHI: India's higher education regulator has directed ten institutions,
including some premier ones such as Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
and Homi Bhabha National Institute, to immediately shut down their
off-campus centres, saying these are "unauthorised" and have been set up
against the rules.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Deputy Secretary Sunita Siwach on
November 9 shot off notices to these ten institutions, pointing out that the
off-campus centres set up by them have been established in violation of
clause 6 of the UGC guidelines and Article 12(5) of the Deemed University
regulations of 2010.

The regulator gave the institutions a month to submit an action taken
report.

Prof RB Grover, vice-chancellor of Homi Bhabha National Institute, expressed
surprise at UGC's move. "We have not yet received the communication but we
are quite taken aback at this. This has to be some misunderstanding and we
would like a dialogue with them on the matter," he said. "It is quite
surprising as UGC as per its own gazette notification has approved HBNI as a
deemed university with all its ten constituents. If there are some recent
changes, then they must give us sufficient time to meet new requirements.
Asking us to close these down will be very perturbing," said Grover.

UGC Chairman Prof Ved Prakash could not be reached for comment despite
several attempts.

The others put on notice by the UGC include Narsee Monjee Institute of
Management Studies ( NMIMS) University, Birla Institute of Technology &
Science (BITS), Pilani, and Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
21/11/15 07:56:35: Delhi, Monica Chowdhry: ET View: No Off-Campus Until
Quality Check

The UGC is correct in asking these institutes to shut down their offcampus
centres. That these institutions are 'prestigious' can't be a reason for not
implementing the 2010 regulations. The UGC can consider going by a strict
interpretation of the regulations, as it is doing. Another option is to
amend them to create a new class of deemed universities. It could also
exempt deemed universities which set up centres prior to the 2010 regulation
and meet the quality norms. Whatever the decision, the UGC must be
transparent
Date: 25/11/2015