Private universities flouting rules, says NGO

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The organisation claimed that three private universities in the city were found to be violating the UGC norms and affiliating themselves with foreign universities for several courses.

PUNE: The Human Rights Protection and Awareness organisation has alleged that a few private institutes from the city are blatantly flouting University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines of signing Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with foreign universities even when they are not eligible. It said that they have sent a memorandum to UGC, which forwarded it to the State government. However, the government has not acted upon it yet.

The organisation claimed that three private universities in the city were found to be violating the UGC norms and affiliating themselves with foreign universities for several courses.

Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Dr Abhishek Haridas, Youth Vice-President of the organisation, said, “According to UGC, if an educational institution wants to sign MoUs with foreign universities, they should have NAAC accreditation with grade not less than A or should be at least six years old or have at least two batches of students graduating through the institute. However, DSK World University, MIT-ADT and Symbiosis Skills and Open University have not accomplished any of these criteria and still have affiliated with universities abroad.”

DSK World University has tied up with Renowned Coventry University, UK, MIT-ADT has signed MoUs with North Umbria University, Coventry University, University of Creative Arts, UK, George Brown College, Canada. Symbiosis Skills and Open University has signed MoU with Konstanz University of Applied Sciences.

“Signing these MoUs is a way for these private universities to attract students. UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have time and again cautioned students not to fall prey to such scams,” Haridas said.

“It is sad that in Pune, there are many bogus universities paying no heed to the government rules and the government is not doing anything about it,” Vikas Kuchekar, President of the organisation added.

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