The UGC rubs salt in the wound. The Indian regulatory authority, universities in Indian Territory ( of establishment and maintenance of standards in private universities ) , says he never gave permission to Sikkim Manipal University and the Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning Management ( EIILM ) of create an ' off campus center ', a 'study center ' or an 'off -shore campus center'.
The Indian authority indicates that these two universities are not allowed to operate in Mauritius. "The UGC HAS not granted any permission to Sikkim Manipal University and EIILM University to set up off- campus center (s) , study center (s ) or off-shore campus center (s) . As Such , both, thesis universities can not run races in Mauritius through Their Own campuses or through franchisee agreement . "
It is by email , following a request from the Challenge Plus, the UGC has sent its response signed by Dr. Akhilesh Gupta , secretary of that body . Another important point made by the UGC for three universities founded by the Indian state , in this case the Kurukshetra University, which is the parent of the Arya Sabha Mauritius , the Visvesvaraya Technology University, parent of the JSS Academy, and Bhavnagar University, parent of Mauras .
These three institutions have been ordered by the commission to explain why they are now offering courses in Mauritius while the regulatory body was said about it. "No university , central Whether , Deemed or private , can offer icts programs through franchising arrangement with private coaching institutions even for the purpose of Conducting distance races through mode ," had said the UGC .
The Indian authorities submitted that the High Commission of India in Mauritius informed her that there was this day, five universities currently operating in Mauritius but had sought explanations from the JSS Academy of Mauras and Arya Sabha only.
The Challenge Plus has tried to get more information from the UGC on the risks that may be incurred 915 students of these universities . The UGC has, however, merely to explain that she had issued instructions on 27 June , had a purpose. "This record was Issued by the UGC to advise students not to take admission in the unapproved study centers , off- campus centers , franchisees institutions , colleges / institutions Claiming to be affiliated with indian universities . "
Regarding the EIILM , the Commission explained that these universities are governed by the UGC in 2003 under the Regulations . According to these regulations, " the UGC must first give the green light when it comes to the creation of 'off - campus centers and ' study centers . " In what is the creation of an off-shore campus ' Indian institution argues that " universities are allowed to create only after obtaining the approval of the Indian government and also that of the host country."
This is a Public Notice issued by the University Grants Commission ( UGC) on June 23 , which is the origin of all this controversy . The regulatory body of universities in India was that he never allowed the Indian universities to be exported abroad. Faced with this revelation, the Tertiary Education Commission had initiated an investigation and sought explanations from five institutions , including Mauras , EIILM , JSS Academy, Arya Sabha Mauritius and Intraconsult . After obtaining these explanations, the TEC has requested further clarification from the UGC . The answer is pending.
According to the TEC : "All tertiary institutions have met the requirements "
The Tertiairy Education Commission issued Friday , a statement to return the articles that have been published in relation to the Public Notice of the University Grants Commission ( UGC) of India from Indian tertiary institutions operating Maurice .
According to the regulatory body , all these institutions have " met the requirements " of the Regulatory Framework in relation to universities located in Mauritius. The regulatory framework also specifies the TEC for the establishment of tertiary institutions in Mauritius, as well as the registration and accreditation of courses . This is what Regulatory Framework that governs the TEC since 2005.
Asked the Challenge Plus, Friday , on this release , Steeve Obeegadoo responsible for the Education Commission of the MMM explains not have read this release of the TEC . But he said such a statement demonstrates more than ever the "inefficiency " of the TEC . " Steeve Obeegadoo considers it necessary to" reconstitute the Board of TEC quickly as possible. "
University of Wolverhampton - Rajesh Jeetah university student Dad
" He studied LLM in my university. Even if he is a minister, he has the right to study law . It's good for her work. " These are the words of Ramnath Jeetah , father of Minister Rajesh Jeetah . Through his press secretary , Ramnath Jeetah launched : "It's his private life" when asked to confirm whether the Minister of Higher Education student at the University of Wolverhampton.
The Mauritian branch of the University of Wolverhampton is run by Ramnath Jeetah Trust. It owns 50 % of the shares and the rest belongs to the parent . This is what the father had said the Minister in an interview with the Challenge -Plus on August 17th. Rajesh Jeetah was a trustee of the Trust until 2012 Ramnath Jeetah . According to the father, he ordered his son to " withdraw from the Trust in 2012. "
The solutions may make the Mauritian GM India
Several scenarios are possible if it turns out that Indian universities affiliate operating in Mauritius are actually not recognized in India.
It is primarily through diplomatic channels that the Mauritian government could find the solution. By the relationships that bind India and Mauritius, Mauritian government could propose to the University Grants Commission ( UGC) to recognize those diplomas. Because it is there, the future of almost a thousand students . The second scenario would be to recognize the diplomas of students already enrolled . In this case, the TEC could then prevent these five universities to admit more students as long as they are not in compliance with the UGC .
Several questions arise from the release of the Public Notice issued by the regulatory body of the universities in India on June 23 . This notice states that no private university or research center has the right to open a branch outside the Indian territory without the approval of that body . The UGC had thus revealed in his statement, have given no permission to five universities currently operating in Mauritius.
This is the Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning Management ( EIILM ) , Mauras , JSS Academy, the Arya Sabha and Intraconsult Ltd. . An investigation has been opened by the TEC for three weeks to ask for more clarification from the UGC . Well-informed sources , we learn that these 915 students have no need to worry if they intend to pursue their higher studies in Mauritius . "If a ' degree holder' of EIILM , for example, wants to pursue her Masters in another Mauritian university, he should have no difficulty to be admitted there," says one , because " these five universities have been accredited by the TEC . "
These 915 students , however, may be faced with some complications if they plan to pursue a Masters or further studies abroad. Moreover, it is on this issue that the TEC is currently investigating . The Mauritian regulatory institution should , according to the findings of the investigation, whether the qualifications of these students 915 are valid abroad.
Sources familiar with the matter within the TEC , it appears that in the current scenario , it is for any foreign university , who intends to admit a Mauritian student, inquire of the TEC to verify "the authenticity of diplomas. "
"The university in question can normally get this kind of information on the website of the TEC or its managers can then contact the institution ," they say. However, things could get tougher if the information of the TEC is not enough in the eyes of the foreign university . In this case, accurate do you , " the university in question could go inquire other regulatory bodies. "
In the case of the Mauritian universities, the foreign institution will then turn to the UGC . " Each university has its own modus operandi to it . If the criteria for admission to a foreign university are demanding the university could then refuse the application of one of these students. Other universities could they , be less picky , " let there be heard.
The institutions will want reassurance
The five institutions offering courses leading to a diploma Indian establishment would like to reassure the public. They argue that the degrees they issue " are recognized in Mauritius and elsewhere. " According to them, " the question is not allowed . "
So Oudaye Gangoo Narain , director of the Arya Sabha Mauritius , argues that " the Tertiary Education Commission ( TEC ) told us that there is no problem with the courses we offer . I am convinced that the recognition of our degrees is not a problem abroad either. Moreover, many of our students have continued their studies in other countries. " The local branch of the Arya Sabha is affiliated with the University of Kurkshetra , India.
The Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management ( EIILM ) University (Mauritius Branch Campus ) maintains that his degree is "in accordance with regulations " and will not " source of concern " for those who got it. "The question does not even arise . Everything is in order . The TEC is so strict that if it says the UGC is true , our institution would not even have been allowed to operate , "said Sunil Jeetah , director of the tertiary institution.
In the school of dentistry Mauras , located at Arsenal, it is said that there is no need to worry since it is affiliated with a state university Indian . "We are in good standing . All the necessary documents are in our possession and we answered all the questions about the TEC , "says does one stating that the Public Notice of the University Grants Commission ( UGC) of India " do we not apply . " And specify that " UGC is in no way equivalent to the TEC . "JSS Academy is it affiliated with the Ves Veraya Technological University. "We give the assurance that we are doing things as they should be ," said one of its leaders .
As for Intraconsult , which operates under the name of Global Learning , no comments available at the moment . "Our director is absent. It was not until the next week we can say more , "says an agent.
Demanded the resignation of Jeetah
Steeve Obeegadoo questioned the existence of EIILM Mauritius Branch Campus and Wolverhampton University. He wonders if they are in accordance with the provisions of the Tertiary Education Commission Act. He also demanded the resignation of Minister Jeetah and the dissolution of the Board of Directors of the TEC and the University of Mauritius .
It was Friday afternoon at the press conference of the Education Commission of the MMM, Steeve Obeegadoo , Head of Education case , also emphasized a "new approach" to the development of Higher Education. The strategy , according to the MMM must lie in three areas: access , equity and quality. Providing access to all relevant learning opportunities after high school. Equity through scholarships , loans and a training allowance to the lack of financial resources should never be an obstacle. The quality lies in the recognition of institutions , the result of learning, the adequacy of the training offered and the cost effectiveness with respect to public investment in higher education .
The five higher education institutions that are in the viewfinder of the University Grants Commission ( UGC ) to the TEC are: Mauras the EIILM , Intraconsult , JSS Academy and Arya Sabha Mauritius . these institutions account for a total of 915 students. At least, according to figures compiled by the TEC in its latest report entitled ' Participation in the tertiary section ' in 2012.
Arya Sabha : 139 students
EIILM : 465 students
Intraconsult : 31 students
Mauras : 18 students
JSS Academy: 262 students
The course fee :
Arya Sabha : It offers five different programs with different rates. Arya Sabha Mauritius offers , for example, a program of study leading to a BA or MBA . The annual fee is Rs 13,500 (BA) and Rs 40,000 (MBA).JSS Academy: The JSS Academy offers only a bachelor's degree , an annual cost of Rs 66,000 .
Mauras : This company specializes in dentistry institution offers a degree . The fee is Rs 1.2 million for five years.
EIILM : The curricula offered by the EIILM its students lead to a BA, MA and Executive Masters . The annual fee is Rs 90,000 for BA, Rs 100,000 to Rs 150 and MA 000 for Executive Masters .Intraconsult : Both curriculum that provides Intraconsult Ltd are the Undergraduate and Post Graduate . The fee is Rs 33,000 and Rs 38,000 annually.