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Meghalaya looking to ‘dissolve’ CMJ University
28 May 2013

Meghalaya government is looking at dissolving CMJ University for various irregularities conducted by the varsity administration.

The Meghalaya based private varsity is under scanner for awarding over 430 PhD degrees in the last academic year by violating University Grants Commission (UGC) norms.

“The irregularities and violations clearly amount to mismanagement, maladministration and failure in accomplishment of the objectives which attract dissolution of the university,” said Principal Secretary to the Governor, M S Rao.

Talking about CJM University violating UGC norms by setting up off campus centres and Distance Education across and outside the country, Rao said, such actions were contrary to the provisions of the Meghalaya Private Universities (Regulation of Establishment and Maintenance of Standards) Act, 2012.

The Governor in his capacity as Visitor of all private universities in the state has also directed the university to refund all fees charged together with interest within 15 days to students who wished to withdraw from the CMJ University.

The university awarded PhD degrees to 19 people hailing from Assam, Punjab and Maharashtra via Distance Learning mode. The list of PhD guides approved by the university was misleading as a fresh list of 85 guides sent by them denied having given their consent, said governor house official.

The governor has also directed the university to furnish names and addresses of all students who were awarded PhD degrees, guides along with their consent letters and addresses.

While three officials of the varsity including the registrar, his deputy and the HR manager have been arrested, the self-appointed Chancellor of the University, Chandra Mohan Jha, is on the run for the past one month, reported One India.

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Neeraj Paul
06 Oct 2013

It's time to take necessary legal action against Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya, for violation of territorial jurisdiction and conduct of unapproved and unrecognized interior design and fashion design degree courses in coordination with a Delhi-based private fashion institute, Fashionista - The School of Fashion Technology.

There are private fashion institutes in Delhi which are affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU), Meghalaya. These institutes are functioning as Study Centres/Regional Centres under the guise of “technical collaboration” with MGU Meghalaya. The degree courses in fashion design and interior design claim to be offered and awarded by MGU Meghalaya and regular classes are conducted at their premises. However, in the original prospectus of MGU Meghalaya there is no mention of such courses and neither is there any mention of career prospects as an interior designer and fashion designer. Nor is there any mention of these courses in the University’s website before February 2013.

Fashionista – The School of Fashion Technology, Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi, was recently in the news as one of the students had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court. This private fashion institute has a “technical collaboration” since 2011 with MGU Meghalaya and is functioning as a Regional Centre/Study Centre of MGU. According to the news: “The plea sought direction to blacklist Fashionista – The School of Fashion Technology, declare it illegal and take penal action against those managing it as it had got its affiliation illegally.”

Fashionista was earlier functioning as a Learning Centre of Punjab Technical University (PTU).

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had informed MGU Meghalaya vide letter dated 11th April 2011 to adhere on the following:

“No off-campus centre(s) is opened by the University outside the territorial jurisdiction of the State in view of the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in case of Prof. Yash Pal Vs. State of Chattisgarh.”

“In case the University has already started any off-campus centre outside the State, it must be closed immediately.”

The Distance Education Council (DEC) had informed MGU Meghalaya vide letter dated 8th August 2011 saying, “The territorial jurisdiction for offering programmes through distance mode by your institution shall be the head quarters of the University as per the notification of the UGC and as per DEC norms. The Distance Education Council prohibits franchising of Study Centres. Thus, your Institution will not franchise any Study Centre in any part of the country or abroad.”

According to news reports in 2012, the Meghalaya Government had imposed a restriction on private universities in the State from opening and running off- campus centres. It was informed that private universities which are already running off-campus centres should immediately close their operations. Both UGC and DEC had informed MGU Meghalaya of the Rules and Regulations vide letters dated 11th April 2011 and 8th August 2011 respectively, but MGU Meghalaya appears to have chosen to ignore these Rules and Regulations and was quick to advertise setting up of Regional Centres/Study Centres through franchising by affiliating private institutes under the guise of “technical collaboration”.

According to a recent news report published in the Daily Pioneer, the UGC has been probing the activities of Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU), Meghalaya for the last five months. MGU has opened several study centres across the country by flouting norms laid down by the Centre, State and UGC. According to a HRD Official, MGU Meghalaya has violated all norms and opened study centres beyond its territorial jurisdiction.

The Distance Education Council (DEC) vide its Letter No. DEC/G-107/Vol.122/2013/20073 dated 20th February 2013 had informed that: “Distance Education Council has not given recognition to Mahatma Gandhi University, Shillong to offer Interior Design and Fashion Designing through distance mode.” It was further informed that: “The Distance Education Council (DEC) does not allow any franchising of study centre by any University. The Study Centres are opened by the University as per provisions contained in its Act and Statutes within the territorial jurisdiction. DEC has not given any authorization to MGU, Shillong to have any kind of technical collaboration.”

In reply to another RTI Application, the DEC vide Letter No. DEC/G-107/Vol.125/2013/20476 dated 12th March 2013 informs about the “approval and recognition” status of MGU Meghalaya: “Based on the decision of the Distance Education Council and Tripartite Committee, Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya had been accorded recognition for a period of three academic years w.e.f 2011-12 - 2013-14 for offering specific programmes through distance mode.” It was also informed that: “The DEC in its 40th Meeting decided on the policy of territorial jurisdiction in respect of the Open and Distance Learning Institutions. In case of State University (both Govt. Funded and private), the territorial jurisdiction will be as per the Acts and Statutes but not beyond the boundaries of their respective states. Hence, in case of Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya, the territorial jurisdiction is state of Meghalaya only.”

Hetal Pathak
31 Aug 2013

Sir,
I got my provisional certificate for Ph.D in engg from cmj where i got my final certificate?As i had registed in 2010 and had done real reaserch work with no. of international paper publications reply me..what's about my degree?

neuerung
22 Aug 2013

Any good news for CMJ's students?

neuerung
22 Aug 2013

Anything Happyning?

All NEWS are disappointed.......Any positive news for students.......

rochika
05 Aug 2013

is my registration no 80185110102042 for Phd is valid in cmj university or not???

john
02 Aug 2013

Sir I'm studying diploma civil in cmj university .I have finished 5semeter.but now cmj is not working.how can possible to complete my study?

Md Israil ansari
20 Jul 2013

Dear sir my admission is cmj university my problem is not enrol veryficetion plz help me sir my enrolment number-95597810350146 corses DIPLOMA IN CIVIL ENGINERING DATE OF BARTH- 15-AGU-1990 PLZ HELP ME SIR BEST REGARAD MD ISRAIL ANSARI MOBILE NUMBER-9709514476 PURNEA,BIHAR

Raju
13 Jul 2013

Dear Sir,
I want to say i had done BE Mechanicak from CMJ university and now HOW i know that Certificate and university fake or not.

JAY PRAKASH TANWAR
03 Jul 2013

Dear Respected Sir,
I want to say i had done DIPLOME IN COMPUTER SCIENCE from CMJ university and now HOW i know that university fake , and also how i refund my Money back please tell me .

JAY PRAKASH TANWAR
C-14/K RAILWAY FLATS ,
LAJPAT NGR, NEWDELHI.
8527917115 .

SATNAM SINGH
26 Jun 2013

wt d hell r they doing now...i have done my B.A. ...where wr all hem before

SATNAM SINGH
26 Jun 2013

wAAAAA......Sir where wer u whn the CMj dong such thing... Now the student that hd don their degrees in many streeam ..wt they will do?//their monet,,tym,,n lyf ??????? the faith of the stu on State govt and UGC were finsh.. stu faith bcs UGC aprooved uni... . now whose this mistake stu or UGC???? i jst wna sy tht dont spoil the carrier n lyf of those poor stu that hv done their degree.....satnam

raghu
14 Jun 2013

No one has done any kind of work to get Ph.D from CMJ, I know it is only pay money and 2-3 paid journals. and get the degree. these people who has done there also be called interogation to submit the originality of the work they have done.

Prasanna
14 Jun 2013

Its nice to see so someone taking initiative to correct system. The work does not stop here for the State Government of Governor by simply dismantling the university and talking harsh about the university that they started. Quality that they are talking was a concern of governance from the first year and not after three years of starting. It is good that Hon Governor wakes up from a deep slumber and acts heroically. I need not tell both of them that it is there duty to identify what went wrong and how are they going to address genuine students degrees. PhD is something which could be scrutinized with the sort of work done. Let the Governance in accordance to UGC rules look into the degrees and finalize in association with an university on which they have lot of faith and respect. If they have so much concern for quality let the students be honored with degree of good universities if found good. I am sure fake will not even come up to the level of scrutiny.
Governance please save your face for all is not well in you and your state. Restore confidence in people about you and your actions.

Akhand Pratap Singh
13 Jun 2013

This is only one face of the honorable governer i request u please you have to see on the future and time of the students who have been awarded or enrolled in the university. Where Was the Governor from 2010 !! my question is to State govt, Governor & UGC.. Why you approved such university & why not the precautionary measures were taken form last 3 years. now when the degrees were awarded and students (may be 70%) who put their best effort in work and believed on Meghalya , UGC & STATE GOVT. where they will go !!.. its all about money game.
A.P. Singh

uttam kumar
10 Jun 2013

sir
i have taken a degree of b.f.a.from your university in 2012/2013 we listen that cmj university has given many fake degrees.we want to know that b.f.a. degree is original or fake .

Kapil Kumar
09 Jun 2013

Why does not the Parliamentary committee recommends minimum qualifications for VC appointments?What have they to say on appointments based on political and caste considerations?What have they to say on action against corrupt VC's.

Adarsh
06 Jun 2013

It doesn't matter the degree is from IIT, NIT or Private if you are a good candidate then your work will be shone. Do good research publications and show yours capability by your work not from your cheap and dirty.
And remember the easiest work in the world is "To point out others".
Show you quality by your work not by mouth many IITns can't be publish even a good publication in leading Journals.

You better know yourself therefore shut your mouth and keep on your earning in the silent mode. Don't worry about the IIT, NIT or Private universities they can take care of themselves.

ABHIJIT SAHA
05 Jun 2013

All credit goes to UGC for all these frauds. The regulatory bodies are good for nothing as their notifications are very confusing. More problem is created with the formation of DEC which has no role in improving education system through distance education. Until and unless the regulatory bodies implement stringent norms this will continue to happen ruining the careers of students

moin
04 Jun 2013

cmj not sell only 430 phd . but it sellout nearlly 2000 phd inquire it .500phd degree is given in dehli center.

Janendro
02 Jun 2013

It is wrong thing from the side of governor as a chancellor as well as visitor to trying to vanish a university instead of trying to reform it.It is like a one sided governor to prefer more to impose president rule than normal procedure.

rk kural
31 May 2013

sir action should be taken against those teachers too who have purchased phd degrees for their promotions. they are not the nation builders but the nation destroyers.what sort of examples they set before their students when they themselves indulge in such kind of fraud.

Mike
31 May 2013

Its really amazing how you people are fast to comment on how bad CMJ is and say its a fake University. Shame on you all! There are almost 3000 students that have actually done work. I grant that the question of on campus or off campus needs to be examined but how can any of you with any right spit in the faces of students that actually did work. If you for the PhD synopsis did the right work, went through the courses (like any other University btw) then I really and logically fail to see how "your" claim of a fake University is correct. I would rather condem you all to use common sense and not brush all students with the same brush or color.
HOW DARE YOU!!!! If you all knew the history of each student and confirmed if they did or did not do the work, then I MAY understand but right now, most of you commenting on CMJ being a fake University sounds like some of you work at another University and are pisssed off that they gave so many degrees. This I could actually understand (to an extent) but do not forget there are many students that actually had guides that are professors somewhere else and actually did the exams and coursework. A degree mill thought is a illegal school that has no right to grant degrees and also allows you to get a degree without any or minimal work.
So get your facts straight before shooting off your mouths, please.
The UGC, Government of India, all of you and CMJ are responsible for this mess, all of you...
The ONLY responsible action would be to show compassion and let those students that actually did work transfer to another University to complete their respective degrees. I assume thought that you all will have negative things to say about this and not think about how this incident and your reactions completely destroys any confidence international students may have had in Indian education.
While I don't expect you to post this, I am disapointed in all of you that rip apart CMJ, it may not be perfect but if you all teach, its also your responsibility to help students, anything less from you and the Governement would be just as criminal as a real fake school. Education is about learning and teaching, its not about mud fights and bad mouthing teachers. SHAME ON YOU!!!!
A student who actually did work and refuses to set silently and hear you wag your tails...

John Doe
31 May 2013

Its really amazing how you people are fast to comment on how bad CMJ is and say its a fake University. Shame on you all! There are almost 3000 students that have actually done work. I grant that the question of on campus or off campus needs to be examined but how can any of you with any right spit in the faces of students that actually did work. If you for the PhD synopsis did the right work, went through the courses (like any other University btw) then I really and logically fail to see how "your" claim of a fake University is correct. I would rather condem you all to use common sense and not brush all students with the same brush or color.
HOW DARE YOU!!!! If you all knew the history of each student and confirmed if they did or did not do the work, then I MAY understand but right now, most of you commenting on CMJ being a fake University sounds like some of you work at another University and are pisssed off that they gave so many degrees. This I could actually understand (to an extent) but do not forget there are many students that actually had guides that are professors somewhere else and actually did the exams and coursework. A degree mill thought is a illegal school that has no right to grant degrees and also allows you to get a degree without any or minimal work.
So get your facts straight before shooting off your mouths, please.
The UGC, Government of India, all of you and CMJ are responsible for this mess, all of you...
The ONLY responsible action would be to show compassion and let those students that actually did work transfer to another University to complete their respective degrees. I assume thought that you all will have negative things to say about this and not think about how this incident and your reactions completely destroys any confidence international students may have had in Indian education.
While I don't expect you to post this, I am disapointed in all of you that rip apart CMJ, it may not be perfect but if you all teach, its also your responsibility to help students, anything less from you and the Governement would be just as criminal as a real fake school. Education is about learning and teaching, its not about mud fights and bad mouthing teachers. SHAME ON YOU!!!!
A student who actually did work and refuses to set silently and hear you wag your tails...

jenny
30 May 2013

Editor,

The CMJ University is not a fake University. The concerns that the Governor has shown regarding the misconduct and illegal activities of CMJ University are appreciated but the question is, why now? Has the Governor ever suggested any changes for the development of CMJ University which is his responsibility as Visitor? If the University is shut down many young students will be adversely affected. Will the Governor be responsible for endangering the future of the students? The news published in the different leading news-paper has castigated the CMJ. Before going to the media the Governor should have thought of the outcome of his actions. If the Government of Meghalaya had passed an Act for establishing this University it cannot just wash its hands off everything at this crucial juncture but should share the responsibility for what happened. Government should not play with the future and fate of hundreds of students. We have seen through various newspapers that the only objection from the Governor is that CMJ is giving away M. Phil and PhD degrees without fulfilling the necessary conditions. So why did the Governor object to all the other degree certificates as well? The fact is that the students of CMJ University attend classes regularly, submit project works, do practical field work and they also have to appear for both internal & external examinations in order to receive their degree certificates.

We are not the irregular students who at the end of the year just bribe the CMJ authority for a degree certificate. The Governor should take cognisance of all these facts as well. The general public should know that all degrees conferred by CMJ to the students are not purchased. Most of them get their degree certificates after going through the rigours of classroom teaching, projects, practicals et al.

It is unfortunate that CMJ University has become the laughing stock of society today. Why did the Governor have to punish all students who worked hard to earn their degrees through fair means? He should take action only against those with fake certificates instead of defaming all of us. On behalf of all the students we would like the Governor as the Visitor of the University to suggest a way forward and to tell us what that way forward is. Take action against the errant persons but please allow CMJ University to function smoothly so that we the students can continue classes as usual.

Yours etc.,

Banpyrkhat Nongrang

Student of CMJ University,

MSW Department

Dr.Anand Kar
30 May 2013

Ph. D , one of the top most degrees in HE, should be regulated centrally ( not independently by each state/central university) with uniform rules and regulations.
Selection of Ph.D students and Ph.D guides should be made by the centre and stringent
Conditions should be followed.May be a day will come we will have more number of Ph. D holders than the number of original publications.
Dr. Anand Kar

Pervez Ahmed
29 May 2013

Wise decision: All universities must be forced to adhere to academic norms. No one should be allowed to tamper with education system.

Nitin Sahai
29 May 2013

Excellent step taken up by Meghalaya Governer. Other state government should take up some action againt such universities who are phd like chocalates to children.

Ram Bhise
29 May 2013

I highly appreciate and support the action taken against such fake universities.It is not only one university .there are many universities from Rajasthan who selling degrees for money.There should be strict action against such univeristies.People are paying money in lakhas and by sitting home completing their degrees.After three years of ph.d they also become eligible for guideship. if they have taken their own degrees by paying moneys what they can teach there students.i think they will teach students only how to earn degree by giving money.

Dr.Vimal K Aggarwal
29 May 2013

First of all, I will highly appreciate the steps taken by Hon' Governor of Meghalaya in exposing and disbanding such fake degrees racket prevailing in CMJ University. Normally ,it takes minimum 4 years in any good university to get a PhD, while It is surprising how a University set up in 2009, can award PhD degrees in 2012 i.e. even before completion of 3 years and that too 400+ PhD's.This speaks high of rotting regulatory system in our country. And why talk of only one university, there are thousands being run in the country after Govts. permitted them to open shops in the name of Universities. Erstwhile, Chattisgarh case is a classical example when more than 200 such universities were set up. This is a result of a nexus between such elements, bureaucrats, politicians and regulators. Otherwise how it can happen. I am surprised even after such a big ex-poser of a scam ,no other Govt or authority has taken steps
to control this menace. So I will request that all such person who know about any such university or activity being done, should come forward and compel the authorities to take action. I wish Hon' Governors of other states should do it proactively to save the country.

N.Rajasekaran
29 May 2013

It is a good initiative. All the deemed universities and state universities should be monitored. All Ph.D degrees should go for a quality check up. Nowadays the quality of doctorates coming out of deemed universities, state universities and research centres in colleges are highly deplorable. Many people have Ph.D from North Eastern universities, we have to check genuineness of the degrees. The examiners should be identified by the Universities, not the guides. UGC and Governor as visitor should check the menace in commercial degrees and corruption in recruitment of faculty members with these type of degrees.

N.Rajasekaran

Prof. Binayak Rath
29 May 2013

In fact, in the absence of proper regulation and monitoring system in our country, some of the private Universities generally follow rules and regulations which are favourable to the management only. Though everybody in the Government including our President is talking of quality and international standards in Higher Education, quality is often compromised in the name of quantity to raise the GER. In this process these private Universities are indirectly encouraged to the Authorities to enrol more and more students, which has created opportunities for them to become degree grinding mills. Hence, the proposed action of the Governor of Meghalay is a welcome step and this will throw light for other State Governments, who are backing the proposal of setting up of more private universities. However, in order to check such unethical practices, the UGC should take more proactive role by tightening its supervisory and monitoring system.
Binayak Rath

Prof T.K.Raja
29 May 2013

CJM University Meghalaya is not the only private university which is selling PhD degrees for a price. Most of the deemed universities are selling the PhD degrees as a money making venture. It is very common to see that deemed universities are enrolling part-time / external PhD students in thousands every year for a tuition fee of Rs 50000 to 100000 per annum each student without even research infrastructure and qualified research guides. At the end of the mandatory period of 3-5 years these students submit the theses plagiarized from far off university libraries, the content of which were the PhD theses material of several unknown students elsewhere. Most of the research guides in the deemed universities are unqualified people who also got PhD degree through manupulation, bribery, and criminal malpractices. These research guides in deemed universities are home grown stuff, good for nothing, but are guiding tens of PhDs under their supervision. Cooking the experimental data or computing imaginary data without doing experiment are quite common in the deemed universities. Finally the examiner list for the evaluation of the dubious theses is drawn by the management people for a price. The system in deemed universities is operating in such a way that an external PhD student is assured of a PhD degree if he or she is prepared to spend a few lakhs rupees on various counts. These kind of people spending another few lakh rupees in the recruitment process enter the state universities as Assistant Professors. This does not mean that all is well in full time PhD program of state universities. Here too money speaks many things. Recently the UGC has asked all the universities(central, state and deemed varieties) in India to furnish the details of the PhDs degrees awarded by them after the notification of 2009 UGC PhD regulations. The UGC will either come to know of the scripted, untrue versions of these universities or will not receive any reply from them. In either case the UGC should take stringent action against errand universities. Then only the anguish of the quality conscious President will be adequately addressed. The UGC will do well by invalidating thousands and thousands of bogus
PhDs awarded by private and deemed universities in order to put the highest academic award (PhD) to its pristine glory.

Indra Kumar Khanna
29 May 2013

This is just a tip of an iceberg. Such cases of awarding degrees is firmly rooted in many universities in this country. On one hand we talk of improving quality of delivered education and on the other hand we resort to such practices

Dev
29 May 2013

I do not understand one thing, if Meghalaya Government is planning to dissolve CMJ University...why the hell its website is still accessible http://www.cmjuniversity.edu.in/ and showing enrollment details onsite after providing name and date of birth. As per the article, all the key administrative staff people have been arrested, but the website is still on the web and enables its users to access it. What is the purpose of keeping this website unrestricted?
Also, the Governor should let CMJ victims know the proper way of getting their fees back from the University and must take accountability that the fees are being returned back to the students (who wished to withdraw) in time.
I have done my PhD from CMJ and followed every single instruction provided by the University, now who will take responsibility to get my time (which is invaluable) and money returned to me.
Why Governor and UGC should not be blamed for not monitoring the Universities properly? What had happened all of a sudden to wake up the Governor?Was Governor not aware of these practice of CMJ University before? In my opinion, the HC and SC should ask Governor to explain the reason of this blunder under his governance before giving any verdict.

skd
29 May 2013

Good decision.............. Other private universities mainly in Rajasthan and NE states running degree mills shall learn lesson from this.
Needs immediate action .