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UGC allows Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan to open off-campus centers

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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) granted an exemption to the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a fully government-funded deemed university to run off-campus centers, even as it is embroiled in a controversy with some of India’s leading institutes over their off-campus centers.

Following a request from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), the UGC decided to exempt the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan from the stipulation present in the Clause 12.03A (Off-campuses) of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010, which requires the deemed universities to limit its number of off-campus centers to six. The decision was taken in a meeting held on December 21.

Though, the exemption applies to all institutions that are fully government-funded, government-owned, and government-managed, there was no information yet regarding how many institutes other than Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan actually meet the requirements.

The exemption will help Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, which already runs 10 off-campus centers, to open its new proposed center in Agartala.

Last month, the UGC had sent notices to ten top deemed Universities to immediately close down some of their off-campus centers which it alleged to be operating without taking any prior permission from UGC or HRD ministry.

The institutes to which notices were sent included Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai), Birla Institute of Technology (Pilani), Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), Homi Bhabha National Institute (Mumbai), Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai), Indian School of Mines (Dhanbad), Banasthali Vidyapeeth (Rajasthan), Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology (Thanjavur), Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Izatnagar, UP), and Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (Gwalior).

Following this, BITS Pilani has filed a writ petition against the UGC order to close down its off-campus centers in Goa and Hyderabad.

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UGC lists 23 ‘bogus’ Indian universities, state govts taken a back over their existence

Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest number of unapproved universities, will be asked to expedite action

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New Delhi, March 22, 2017: The Indian higher education regulator has listed 23 ‘bogus’ universities. They are not approved to grant degrees or diplomas. But, most state governments contemplated why these names were on the list since the institutes either don’t exist or have shut down.

Numerous institutes come up without meeting the requirements and offer degrees. That results to cheating, the UGC stated, asking the state governments to initiate action.

But the fake list has surged a controversy. Bihar’s higher education council (SHEC) vice chairman Kameshwar Jha accused the UGC of tarnishing the state’s image by putting on the list Maithili University or Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga.

He stated that from two decades, no such university prevailed in the state, and including the name of a non-existent institution on the list is correspondent of maligning the state.

“When the institution was declared illegal over two decades ago, I don’t see any point in mentioning it on the fake list year after year. It only earns Bihar a bad name,” he said.

Bihar is already struggling to redeem its image post incidents of mass cheating, especially after it got engulfed last year in a massive exam fraud that was exposed when its class 12 toppers failed to answer rudimentary questions during a media interaction.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh, another state notoriously known for high instances of education frauds, have stated that six universities were on the fake list that don’t exist but were offering degrees. They admitted that no in-depth investigation was done on the UGC alert.

The only fraudulent university in Maharashtra — Raja Arabic University in Nagpur — is a residential madarsa or Islamic seminary.

“We run a residential madarsa with 240 students,” said Maulana Mehmood Rizvi Khan, who heads the institute. He had apologised to the UGC for ‘claiming’ the seminary as a university.

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Similarly, St John University in Kerala has been functioning for the past 15 years in Kishannattamk, a place that does not exist.

“We have no idea about this. And nobody has registered any compliant,” said an education ministry official. The UGC had sent reminders about this university.

Of the two bogus institutes on alternative medicine in West Bengal, one is running with a different name and the other is functioning.

The Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine has apparently altered into the Indian Board for Alternative Medicine after its name was mentioned on the UGC’s 2009 list. The state government has not taken any action for its closure.

“We received a notice from the UGC last year, but before we could reply our name was on the list,” stated Jayanto Bhattarcharji, founder of the Institute of Alternate Medicine and Research, which is on the list.

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The institute was affiliated to the Kolkata-based Alternative Medical Council, he stated.

The Union human resource development ministry aims to send reminders to all states to submit a report on actions taken against bogus universities and technical institutions.

Mahendra Nath Pandey, junior HRD minister, said: “We have been sending letters to the states as fake institutes are jeopardizing the careers of innocent students.”

Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest number of unapproved universities, will be asked to expedite action.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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10 acres alloted for establishment of Sanskrit College in Mata Mansa Devi complex

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Chandigarh: The Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board (MMDSB) has finally accepted to establish a Post Graduate Sanskrit College after four repeated reminders from the Higher Education department. The college will be set up in the vicinity of the temple under a reserved area of 10 acres.

As proposed, the institution which is to be named after Mata Mansa Devi Mandir will provide undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sanskrit for students. It will be built in the Mansa Devi complex near Shri Laxmi Bhawan Dharamshala. Yoga classes are also suggested to be conducted.

V G Goel, the CEO of MMDSB, believes the institution would prove to be of great significance for Indian culture, heritage and dissemination of Sanskrit. He said: “It will be an institution of higher learning for those who want to learn Sanskrit, and will prepare pandits and pujaris of not only national but international importance. Sanskrit is a language of immense significance globally.”

The Shrine Board would bear the cost of construction and annual expenditure, as per the proposal. However, the recurring expenditure on payment of faculties will be borne by the government. A total of 105 acres in the Mansa Devi Complex is owned by the Board. It further receives a cash donation of about Rs 15 crore per annum.

The institution will follow the guidelines issued by the Education Department, Haryana, and University Grants Commission (UGC).

In the meantime, the Board has also proposed that classes could be started from Shri Laxmi Bhawan Dharamshala, which has 45 rooms and six halls. The proposal is yet to be approved by the department.

The proposal to set up the university was suggested by the BJP led government in October 2014 after it came into power in Haryana.

The Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma made the announcement initially when he visited the shrine early in 2015; however, the principle approval was given by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in his meeting with the shrine board in November 2015.

Khattar announced about the Sanskrit university’s setup with the intention to spread the use of the language by providing proper teaching and training to students.

The Department of Higher Education, Haryana, will now analyze the proposal on different scales of finances, curriculum, strength of students, following which it will be suggested for final approval by the government. (Inputs from indianexpress.com)

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UGC to sponsor an All India Sanskrit seminar

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New Delhi: To all those who think that Sanskrit is a dead language, hold on and think again!  Jamshedpur Workers’ College is all set to prove this notion wrong.

Sanskrit is all set to occupy Centre stage at the at the second edition of an all-India Sanskrit seminar sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, which is scheduled for March 10 to 12 at Motilal Nehru Public School Auditorium in Sakchi, Jamshedpur.

The theme of the seminar is “Diversity and relevance of Kalidasa’s literature in modern times”.

70 delegates across are country are expected to attend the seminar scheduled next month. Research scholars from Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand are likely to come and share their thoughts and present research papers at the seminar.The college has earlier also organized a Sanskrit seminar in 2014 on the theme of, “Sanskrit as a language in science”.

Prasoon Dakshin, the head of the department of Sanskrit, exclaimed that last year they had more than 200 research papers, which had to be published as books in three separate volumes., so this year the college is expecting at least 150 research papers.

“The biggest achievement for the college will be to delve into research work done in Sanskrit. It is the revival of the usage of Sanskrit. There was an overwhelming response last time. This time, too, we expect the same. Students have become aware and have started taking a keen interest in the language now. There are so many students who express their eagerness to learn Sanskrit,” he said.

Dakshin also felt sad on the seeing the preference of people towards foreign language rather than one of their own. “The seminar will be a part of the process of promoting the ancient language. We would try to implement Sanskrit as an important part of the school curriculum. Schools like Delhi Public School-Bokaro have already decided to introduce Sanskrit from Class I,” he added.(Inputs from agencies)