The Vice Chancellors (VCs) of six private universities have been found ineligible based on the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines after review by the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regularity Commission (HPPEIRC) on Tuesday.
Ten out of 17 VCs of private universities in India were found ineligible by the three-members committee comprising Chairman, State Higher Education Council Professor Sunil Gupta; Vice Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU) Hamirpur Prof S P Bansal; and Vice Chancellor of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cluster University, Mandi Prof C L Chandan following which three VCs have resigned.
Seven others represented their case physically and virtually in front of the commission today. VCs of APG Shimla University, Arni University, Chitkara University, Indus International University, ICFAI and Maharishi Markandeshwar University were still found ineligible while documents of VC of Eternal University pertaining to experience and Ph.D are to be verified.
Additional documents pertaining to experience and PhD submitted by the VC of Eternal University would be verified by the committee while VC of six universities are ineligible, chairman of the commission, Maj General (Retd), Atul Kaushik told The Tribune.
“We will write to the chancellors of these six universities to take appropriate action now as the VC have been given chance to plead their case, failing which the commission would initiate action against the concerned VCs and universities,” he added.
The appointment of ineligible persons as Vice-chancellor/ principals has raised serious doubts about the qualifications of the faculty in private universities. The complaints of appointment of ineligible faculty members were there and the commission has taken up the cleaning exercise to ensure academic integrity, he said.
“We are not against any private institute but malpractices in education would not be tolerated as it brings a bad name to the state. The commission has asked the universities to come forward and start courses on adventure sports which has immense potential besides focusing on patenting”, he stated.
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