Teri University has come under the scanner of the University Grants Commission (UGC) after an RTI activist lodged complaint against its current operations. The UGC has asked Teri University to submit a detailed report on the allegations labeled against it.
As per allegations filed in RTI application, Teri is misleading the students by not mentoning itself as ‘deemed university’ on its website homepage. Secondly, Teri University has provided a large area of the campus to commercial organisations on rent that could have been used for faculty and students.
The RTI application alleged that the Teri University has not been following regulations stated for deemed universities. Two companies, namely, EADS India Private Limited and EADS DS India Private Limited, have their address as ‘Teri University Campus, Plot no. 10 IHC, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area’.
RTI activist stated that as per balance sheets downloaded from the ministry’s website, the first company has been paying Rs 8 crore per annum and second company is paying Rs 4.5 crore per annum as rent. However, the figures cannot be declared final as it is not certain whether the total rent is Rs 12.5 crore or Rs 8 crore as both companies undertake their activities from the same location.
UGC has said that action would be taken in accordance with Deemed University Regulations 2010, where a university cannot rent their campus area to any private entity. Second issue of the complaint was that instead of mentioning ‘deemed university’ on website, it has mentioned itself as ‘Teri University’, which is the violation of clause 20.0 of Deemed University Regulations 2010.
Earlier, on May 30, public grievance section of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has requested joint secretary R P Sisodia (higher education) to settle the case. Subsequently, the UGC sent a letter to the registrar of Teri School of Advance Studies, Rajiv Seth, on June 3, 2014. However, institution has reported that it did not receive any letter from UGC and has no information about the allegations.