In one clean sweep, the Madhya Pradesh government has derecognised 110 private colleges in the state, including 15 in Bhopal, which fell short of norms.
The state Higher Education Department officials inspected the colleges in December last year and found they failed in many criteria, mainly strength of teachers. The officials also found some of the colleges had short-changed students on mandatory requirements such as playground, science labs and buildings.
On Monday, the higher education department uploaded on its website the list of derecognised colleges.
There was a weathercock that pointed towards the crackdown: Of the six universities in Madhya Pradesh, just two have A grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission.
NAAC grading is an indicator of a college’s academic health.
There are 1,295 colleges in the state, including 789 private colleges that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Higher education minister Uma Shankar Gupta said: “It’s a step towards improving the higher education in MP. We have derecognised only those colleges which are completely flouted norms”.
The department has also served notices to some other colleges.
As the admission process in colleges has already begun, students who have opted for the derecognised colleges as their first choice will be given seats in colleges of their second and third choices according to their qualifying score.
And there is a breather for students studying in the colleges that faced the stick.
Government will allow managements to offer classes to students who joined the colleges in the previous academic years. “In the whole derecognition process, we will not allow any loss to students,” the minister said.
And in the list of derecognised colleges, there is a surprise: Rajeev Gandhi College.
College director Rajeev Shukla said: “As we haven’t received any letter in this regard we can’t say on what ground they have cancelled college recognition. But after receiving letter, we will move court.
For complete list of colleges visit: www.mpinfo.org.