UGC asked VCs to seek permission for promotional activities abroad

September 19, 2014

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Vice-Chancellors of all universities to seek approval before undertaking any promotional activity overseas.

Failure to do so could attract disciplinary action, the UGC warned. The Commission is a funding authority and also a regulator for higher education.

Apart from seeking approval from the Commission and the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, Vice-Chancellors have also been told that the local Indian missions be kept in the loop.

According to a letter sent out on Wednesday to all Vice-Chancellors, some universities have been found engaging – directly or through agents appointed by them – with citizens of foreign countries to entice them into getting admission in their courses.

“The Indian missions abroad are kept in the dark in the entire process of admission. Such activities not only cause great harm to the image of Indian universities and institutions but also potentially pose a threat to national security,’’ the communication pointed out.



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