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January 21, 2020

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) warns Universities against awarding "Unspecified Degrees."

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, 21 January 2020 — The University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulator in India, has asked the universities to abide by the provision of Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956 and award only such degrees as have been specified by the UGC.

In a letter sent to all the Vice-Chancellors on 20 January 2020, the Commission said that it had observed that some universities/institutions are awarding unspecified degrees leading to litigations and complex problems for the students conferred with such degrees. Further explaining the position, the Commission, in its letter, has mentioned the following provisions:

• The right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by a university established or incorporated by a or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act; or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3; or an institution specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees.

• Save as provided in sub-section (1), no person or authority shall confer, or grant, or hold himself or itself out as entitled to confer or grant any degree.

• For the Section, ‘degree’ means any such degree as may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, be specified in this behalf by the Commission by notification in the Official Gazette.

If a university wishes to award a degree other than the one specified by the UGC, it should approach the UGC for its approval six months before starting the degree program with a full explanation on the course it is launching, the letter from the Commission stated.

|GlobalGiants.Com|


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