University Grants Commission has issued circular warning students against taking admission in unapproved study centres/ off campus centres/ franchisee institutions.
These institutions do not have affiliation to any state university/ private university or deemed university but in the advertisements published by them in the national dailies, they claim to have so. “It is a matter of serious concern that advertisements are published by certain private institutions in national dailies offering opportunities for the award of university degrees through various franchisee programmes. Such private institutions claim themselves as study centres of different universities and lure students to enroll in various unapproved programmes. This is a blatant contravention of the UGC’s rules and regulations,” said the notice by UGC.
Nidheesh is an IT professional who got admission into such a study centre in Pune for a four year postal BTech course in 2011. “For the first two years, they used to conduct proper exams and give us marksheets. But whenever we used to ask them about the university marksheet, they would give some excuse,” said Nidheesh who is a resident of Bengaluru now. “Now when we started pressurizing them, they asked us to come to their office and when we went there we came to know that they have vacated the premises as it was in a rented space and all of us have lost our money and precious three years,” added Nidheesh.
The notice by UGC further asks students to check their official website for further information. “The general public is also advised to refer the detailed public notice dated 12th July 2013 issued by the UGC or visit its website http://www.ugc.ac.in in regards to various regulatory provisions pertaining to Universities and their functioning,” says the notice.
Source: Express News