The Haryana State Information Commission (SIC) has ruled that Amity University in Manesar is a public authority and, therefore, it is required to furnish information under the RTI law.
Amity University is the first private university in Haryana to be brought under the purview of the RTI Act and the order is likely to have an impact on other private institutions in the state as well as country.
The SIC has asked the university management to appoint a public information officer (PIO) and the first appellate authority for RTI cases within a month.State information commissioner JS Kundu, in his order, held the Amity University to be a public authority on the basis of the fact that it was constituted under an Act of the Haryana Assembly.
The bench relied on a December 2012 Punjab State Information Commission’s ruling holding a private Chandigarh-based university to be a public authority, apart from two other orders.
RTI activist and Gurgaon resident Harinder Dhingra had filed a complaint before the Haryana SIC in April last after Amity did not furnish information about the number of NRI students at its Manesar branch and details of their security deposits. A spokesperson for the university said, “Amity abides by the rules and regulations and follows the law of the land. We will share information whenever appropriate since we believe in a very transparent system.”