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HindustanTimes Tue,22 Jul 2014

UGC doesn’t grant recognition, clarifies Sikh university V-C

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30, 2014
First Published: 11:29 IST(30/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:33 IST(30/6/2014)

The management and administration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University on Sunday clarified on the University Grants Commission (UGC) recognition issue by saying that the latter does not grant recognition to any private or state university.

“Private universities are created by an Act of the state or central legislature and after a gazette notification a university starts functioning. The UGC acknowledges the setting up of the university in any part of India and asks it to submit the requisite information on the prescribed pro-forma for inspection pur poses,” Gurmohan Singh Walia, vicechancellor, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, told mediapersons in Patiala.

Walia clarified that as per the information received by the university, the UGC has been waiting for an independent report from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). “As per information received from AICTE, three or four members should have been included by the UGC in the expert committee. Hence, the issue is still pending,” he added.

He said the university had submitted its documents on the revised pro-forma for inspection in July 2013.

The UGC constituted an expert committee under HP Dixit, who has remained vicechancellor of several universities for 20 years. The committee also included a nominee each of AICTE and NCTE, the statutory bodies. The expert committee visited Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University on November 22 and 23, 2013, and after inspection sent its final recommendations to the UGC.

The V-C also showed a document from the expert committee to UGC, which in the final recommendation says ‘the university should be granted approval letter’

Walia said the expert committee also included VK Jain, who is vice-chancellor of Doon University, nominated by the AICTE.

The UGC in its 489th meeting on October 22, 2013, considered the report and sent a copy to Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University for its comment within a period of two weeks.

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