HP Court notice to UGC over pvt varsities

HP Court notice to UGC over pvt varsities

HP Court Notice to UGC Over Pvt Varsities, Media Report, Himachal Pradesh High Court. Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the Himachal...

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to the University Grants Commission (UGC), asking it about the steps it has initiated to implement regulations pertaining to establishment and operation of private universities in the state.

From the news item that has appeared in The Tribune, it transpires that the UGC is abdicating its authority bordering on non-performance and disregarding the violations committed by the private universities, a division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh observed last week.
The court observed that "this is polluting the environment of quality education to be imparted by the universities".
The High Court on October 19 set aside the State Private Educational Institutions (Regulatory) Act of 2010 that empowered a government regulatory commission to monitor universities.
The court also directed the state through the chief secretary and the principal secretary (education) to file its reply on the issue. It also sent a notice to registrars of all private universities to file their response pertaining to irregularities mentioned in the news item.
The UGC, the state and the universities have been told to file their respective replies by Nov 13.
It was mentioned that the University Grants Commission seemed to be unconcerned about enforcing its regulations pertaining to the establishment and operation of private universities.
Till date it had conducted inspections of only five universities.
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