Indore : The University Grants Commission ( UGC) has cautioned universities/ institutions not to violate its policy on territorial jurisdiction, study centres and non- franchising of study centres for offering programmes through distance mode.
Besides, the universities/ institutions have been directed to offer only those courses which are approved by the UGC. In a letter to the Vice Chancellors of all types of varsities, the UGC said that it has learnt that some universities are offering programmes through distance mode without the approval of UGC/ erstwhile DEC and several universities/ institutions have opened their study centres in violation of the policy of UGC and erstwhile DEC on territorial jurisdiction.
It added that some institutions are also giving misleading advertisements in newspapers and other public media that the programmes offered by these institutions are approved by the UGC. “ The same is not permissible by the UGC and should be immediately stopped,” the UGC letter went on to added.
The Commission directed the universities/ institutions to offer only those programmes which are approved by the UGC/ erstwhile DEC and follow the policy of UGC on territorial jurisdiction, study centres, and non- franchising of study centres. “ The activities at the study centre such as admission, examination, etc should be operated by the concerned university. Study centres cannot conduct examination on their own nor can they award degree/ diploma etc. No subletting of study centres should be allowed and any such centre opened by any university/ institution would be in violation of the UGC policy.” It is to be noted that RKDF ( Private) University was caught some months back conducting exam from its institute in Indore.