Majority of Private Varsities Not Following UGC Norms

In a random inspection, the UGC found that functioning of only five of the 53 private universities, which were inspected, were order


New Delhi: Only five of 53 private universities inspected recently by the University Grants Commission (UGC) had been found to be in order.

Fifty-three of the total 145 private universities had been inspected and out of them only five were in order, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister MM Pallam Raju informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

“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.

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