Coimbatore's Bharathiar University continues to violate UGC norms on off-campus centres

COIMBATORE: Even though the University Grants Commission has warned state government-run universities against offering distance education programmes outside the state, Bharathiar University continues to flout the norms. UGC had sent a notice to the university registrar demanding an explanation on why the university continues to violate the norms despite receiving the warning.

In August, the UGC had sent a circular to all the universities in the country stating that any state government-run university is not allowed to run distance education centres outside the state. Following this circular, Bharathisdasan University, Trichy, had acted upon the UGC circular by issuing notices to shutdown its off-campus distance education centres outside Tamil Nadu.

However, the UGC circular dated September 15, and received by the Bharathiar University on September 18, said, “This has reference to UGC letter dated August 6, 2015 wherein the university was directed to immediately withdraw affiliation/recognition granted to private institutions in various parts of the country against the policy of the UGC regarding territorial jurisdiction. The university (Bharathiar) has not submitted its compliance report in this regard.”

The circular also said that the degrees awarded to the students studying in these private centres outside the territorial jurisdiction will not be recognized by the UGC for the purpose of employment or higher studies. A copy of this circular is with TOI.

University registrar K G Senthil Vasan declined to comment. UGC has also sent a copy of the circular to the principal secretary of the higher education, state government of Tamil Nadu. Selvi Apoorva too was unavailable for comment. Former vice-chancellor James G Pitchai, who was in office when the circular was received by the university, too refused to comment.

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