The University Grants Commission in a shocking move has named the off-campuses of famous deemed universities like BITS, Pilani, and NMIMS management institutes set up in off-campuses as illegal and asked them to be shut down immediately, which may put more than 10,000 student’s future in jeopardy.
The 10 higher education institutions named by the UGC include Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies ( NMIMS) University, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, and Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
HBNI’s National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar;
TIFR’s new campus in Hyderabad;
BITS Pilani’s 2 campueses in Hyderabad and Goa;
BIT Mesra’s 6 centres in Allahabad, Deoghar, Kolkata, Lalpur, NOIDA, and Patna;
NMIMS 3 centres in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Shibpur.
PR Institute of Science and Technology (PRIST) 5 centres in Chennai, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Puducherry and Trichy.
Banasthali Univeristy’s centre in Jaipur.
UGC said these institutions have set up unauthorized off-campuses and hence illegal. University Grants Commission (UGC) Deputy Secretary Sunita Siwach sent out notices on November 9 to all these ten institutions, saying the off-campus centres by them were established in violation of clause 6 of the UGC guidelines and Article 12(5) of the Deemed University regulations of 2010 and asked them to shut them down in one month’s time.