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Action against CMJ initiated

Shillong, July 9: The process of filing a chargesheet against CMJ University is on while the private university will go down in the annals of Parliament as Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani today made a mention of the now disbanded university.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Irani said during the last five years, different state governments have set up 127 private universities. Currently, there are 184 such universities, she stated.

Irani further stated that during the last three years, 242 private institutions were ordered to be closed down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Giving details on issues relating to the functioning of these universities, she said all private universities in the country have been established by acts of state legislatures, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) is regulating these according to the provisions contained under the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003.

“On inspection, if the UGC finds any deficiency and non-conformity with its regulations in private universities, it gives an opportunity to rectify the same. Even after the opportunity is given, if the university fails to comply with the provisions of any of the regulations, the commission may pass an order prohibiting the private university from offering any course till the deficiency is addressed and inform the public in general through public notification,” Irani said.

Moreover, she said a private university continuing such programmes and awarding unspecified degrees would be liable for penalty under Section 24 of the UGC Act.

She said the UGC had constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of Prof. Mihir K. Chaudhari, vice-hancellor of Tezpur University, inquiring into the alleged irregularities of the CMJ University, Shillong, as reported by the governor’s secretariat, Meghalaya.

“After submission of the report of the committee, the UGC forwarded the same to the Meghalaya governor’s secretariat and chief secretary with the request to take appropriate action against the university as per the provisions of the university act or any other law as the governor secretariat/state government deems fit,” she stated.

In June, the Mukul Sangma cabinet had approved the ex-post facto for the dissolution of CMJ University.

Chandra Mohan Jha, the university’s chancellor, was arrested from Bihar during the Lok Sabha polls in April, but granted bail by Meghalaya High Court in June.

Sources today said the filing of chargesheet against the university is already in the process based on the investigations conducted against it.

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