The Central Information Commission (CIC) has brought private and deemed universities and those private bodies, which have received land on concession from the government under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The CIC observed that any private body constituted through a notification under an Act of Parliament or those which receive any form of concessions from the government are covered under RTI.
“Deemed universities gets its status by virtue of a notification used by the Central government under the UGC Act…Therefore, all deemed universities are public authorities as defined under the RTI Act,” said Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi. The order came while allowing an RTI appeal by Mumbai’s Mahavir Chopda on fee reimbursement. Gandhi asked a private university, Narsee Moranjee Institute of Management Studies, to provide information sought by April 20 free of cost.