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Most Private Universtities In India Found Flouting UGC Norms

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Most Private Universities In India Found Flouting UGC NormsHuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister, M M Pallam Raju, made a startling disclosure on the floor of Rajya Sabha on Friday. As many as 48 of the 53 private universities were reported to be flouting UGC (University Grants Commission) norms, he said. The minister was replying to supplementaries during question hour in the Rajya Sabha. The country has total of 145 private universities, out of which 53 were inspected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) he informed.

“Fifty-three universities were inspected to see how many were following UGC norms… five of these were found in order, and came clear,” Raju said. “Once we get some complaint, we inspect the university. We give them some time to rectify, but if even after that they do not follow regulations, they are asked to close,” he said.

The minister added that the UGC, which looks after all non-technical education, had no power to shut down private universities. The UGC can only direct them to close courses against which complaints have been received, he explained.

Raju added that the passage of two pending bills in parliament, Educational Tribunal Bill and National Accreditation Regulatory Authority (NARA) for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, would help in further regulating private universities.

The minister also accepted that there were weaknesses in the UGC and the government was trying to strengthen it.

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