Thursday, January 28, 2010

CIC rap for UGC on deemed varsities

In the wake of the deemed university controversy, Central Information Commission has slammed University Grants Commission (UGC) for lack of transparency in information related to deemed universities. Ruling that UGC appeared to act as if the RTI Act did not apply to it, the information watchdog has awarded a compensation of Rs 2,000 to an applicant and issued a showcause notice to UGC for not responding within the stipulated 30-day period. An applicant, A N Prasad, had sought information related to the number of times the review committee had rejected applications of colleges and universities for deemed status during the period between 2005-2009 and copies of reports on the basis of which the recognition could not be granted to a college or university during the same period.

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Can someone please ask the UGC for the following information:
1. Constitution, Statute or other equivalent legal document of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), which was "deemed to be a university" in 1958, under Section 3 of UGC Act.
2. UGC's approval letters for new departments and disciplines started in IARI, like "Computer Applications in Agriculture", "Environmental Sciences", "Molecular Biology" etc.
3. UGC's sanction letter for IARI declaration of its "Mycology & Plant Pathology" Division as "Advanced Centre for Plant Virus Education & Research"
For personal reasons, I cannot myself apply for the information.  
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