Poor response to UGC's complaint portal in state colleges

  • Apoorva Puranik, None, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 00:30 IST

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, SNDT University and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) are among the state educational institutes that have not responded to the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s plan to set up an online portal to address students’ grievances.

The grievance portal was announced by the UGC in July and the forum was to serve students of all affiliated colleges and universities.

The portal is supposed to offer students the option of registering their grievances, such as over admissions and unfair practices. For this purpose, the UGC had asked universities to appoint a nodal officer, who would act as liaison between the college and the body.

The initial deadline of July 24 was extended, but 453 universities across the country are yet to respond, UGC officials said.

The vice-chancellor of ICT, GD Yadav, said he had no idea ICT was on the list. “We will soon send in the required information and the name of the nodal officer”

According to a dean at IIT Bombay, the IITs have their own internal grievance cell and the college need not comply with the UGC’s request.

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