Teri University under ministry, UGC lens over deemed tag
June 17, 2014
New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Teri University to submit a detailed report on various allegations labeled against it by an RTI activist.
The UGC issued the directions on June 3.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) also taking cognizance of the complaints and its public grievance section requested joint secretary (higher education) on May 30 to settle the case.
It has been alleged that Teri is misleading the public by not mentioning itself as 'deemed university' on its website's homepage and it has rented a large portion of the campus to a commercial organization which could have been utilized for accommodation of faculties, students and other facilities.
The RTI application marked to the UGC and MHRD, the activist alleged that the deemed university has violated deemed university regulations by renting out a large portion of the two acre campus to commercial organizations.
In a copy of the ministry of corporate affairs' record of May 3, 2014 which is with Toi, the address EADS India Private Limited and EADS DS India Private Limited is "Teri University Campus, Plot no 10, IHC, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area".
On the balance sheets downloaded from the ministry's website, the first company has been paying a rent of Rs 8 crore per annum while the second one pays Rs 4.5 crore per annum. "However it is not clear whether the total rent is Rs12.5 crore or Rs 8 crore since both companies operate from same location," said the activist.
According to an RTI reply, UGC said, "Action can be taken as per UGC (institutions deemed to be universities) regulation 2010, if any university rents out/ lease out, half of their area to private firms."
The complainant also brought to notice of the UGC and MHRD that the university is not mentioning in its homepage of the website it's deemed to be university status and instead states itself as "Teri University". As per clause 20.0 of Deemed University Regulations 2010, the institution cannot use the word university.
Taking cognizance of the complaint, the MHRD's under secretary, public grievance section, wrote to joint secretary R P Sisodia requesting to settle the case expeditiously on May 30, 2014. Subsequently the UGC wrote to the registrar of Teri School of Advance Studies on June 2014 to "send a detailed report to UGC at an early date," enclosing the allegations of violating various provisions of UGC.
The UGC sent the letter via speed post on June 3, 2014 but registrar Rajiv Seth said that the institution has not received any letter from UGC as of June 16, 2014 and has no idea of the nature of allegations. (source- TOI)