Some universities are offering non-recognised degrees: UGC

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Sreetama Datta
Sreetama Datta Roy
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Updated on Sep 1, 2021 19:10 IST

The higher education watchdog has ordered the universities to follow the regulations placed by it to provide only such degrees that have been specified by the UGC.

The University Grants Commission (UGC), in a circular, has stated that some universities are offering 'unspecified degrees'. This is causing to litigations and varied dilemmas for the students who are offered such degrees. The higher education watchdog has ordered the universities to follow the regulations placed by it to provide only such degrees that have been specified by the UGC.

The circular surfaced after the top consumer forum, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), ordered a Karnataka college lately to reimburse Rs 1.12 lakh to its 11 students who were granted degree different from the one that they had registered for. The consumer forum had ordered Mangalore based St Aloysius Institute of Computer Science to recompense the amount within a period of four weeks along with litigation charge to the 11 students who were meant to be offered an MS degree but received M.Sc. Software Technology.

"The Commission has been, over and over again, requesting the Universities to grant degrees only within the charter of Section 22 of the UGC Act. The combined list of UGC approved catalogue of degree(s) for the purpose of Section 22(3) of the University Grant Commission Act, 1956 is accessible on the UGC website," the circular read.

If a university wants to offer a degree apart from the one described by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the university has to abide by the rule set up by the Commission. The educational organisations have to take permission from UGC six months before the conceptualisation of the degree course with a full explanation of the course.

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Sreetama Datta Roy
Manager Content

Sreetama has over a decade of editorial experience in the higher education beat. A wanderlust by passion, she is also an avid reader and a music lover. Among friends, she is popular for her sense of humour.

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