The Ex- Vice Chancellor of IGNOU V N Rajasekharan Pillai has
denied the allegations leveled by CBI of favouring two private Universities.
Pillai has termed the allegations as “"absolutely baseless" and said
the approvals given to these institutions were in accordance with the
prevailing norms and procedures.
In an email message, he said the two Universities -- Sikkim
Manipal University and Punjab Technical University -- were given sanction to
run distance learning courses by the Distance Education Council (DEC) which has
the legal authority to approve courses for recognized universities.
"DEC has held several meetings after the approval and
it has not raised any objection till date," he said.
Pillai is facing CBI probe, has clearly stated that the
controversy regarding the approval by IGNOU is unfortunate, misplaced and
"The allegations have been leveled by conveniently
hiding the truth and glossing over the fundamental fact that both the
universities are controlled by their respective state governments and are not
in the private sector, as is being reported repeatedly," he said.
He said these Universities are recognized by the University
Grants Commission (UGC) and other statutory bodies in the government.
"All formalities required in this regard were done and
the approval was given in line with the recommendations made by the inspection
panels concerned. It was not the case of favouring those universities as due
procedures and formalities were observed," he said.