New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has found certain private universities running off-campuses outside their territorial jurisdiction and illegally granting affiliations to colleges in a blatant violation of its norms.
The educational regulatory body has directed them to close-down such campuses immediately, a senior UGC official said.
“We have found that certain state private universities are running off-campus centres outside their territorial jurisdiction besides giving affiliation to colleges. This is in violation of UGC regulations,” he said.
It was also noticed that certain state private universities are granting franchise to private parties to run off-campus centres.
The errant universities include Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) and Dheradun-based Hemgiri Nabh Vishwavidyalaya (HNV).
While UGC has already directed HNV to close down the off-campus centre it had opened in Goa, in other cases the commission was in the process of taking similar action.
“As per the norms, private universities can neither affiliate any institution or college nor set up off-campus centres,” the official said.