Union Minister for Human Resource Development MM Pallam Raju has said that out of 53 private universities inspected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) only five had been found to be in order. Out of the total 145 private universities, only 53 had been inspected, the minister said while replying to supplementaries during question hour in the Rajya Sabha.
"Fifty-three universities of the total 145 were inspected to see how many were following UGC norms... five of these were found in order, and came clear. Once we get some complaint, we inspect the university. We give them some time to rectify, but if even after that they do not follow regulations, they are asked to close," Raju said.
The minister added that the UGC, which looks after all non-technical education, had no power to shut down private universities. The UGC can only direct them to close courses against which complaints have been received, he explained.
Speaking about the two pending bills in parliament, Educational Tribunal Bill and National Accreditation Regulatory Authority (NARA) for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, he said if these bills are passed â€˜it would help in further regulating private universities.â€™
"I take this opportunity to urge the members to pass the bill for setting up an education tribunal and another one for an accreditation authority," Raju said.
He also accepted that there were weaknesses in the UGC and the government was trying to strengthen it.
By IER Staff