Regularize six academic institutions operating in Mauritius Indian affiliation so that they are in accordance with the regulations of the UGC. That was the purpose of a work session, which took place last Wednesday, between the TEC and the heads of Indian regulatory authorities and the Minister of Higher Education Rajesh Jeetah. Among the Indian representatives, there Mallipudi Mangapathi Shri Pallam Raju, Minister of Human Resources.
The case of the Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning Management (EIILM) of Mauras, the JSS Academy of Arya Sabha, Global Business and Amity were discussed. The arguments in support of a regularization of these institutions are the links between Mauritius and Great Peninsula and the future of some 2,000 students. This meeting has yet resulted in any concrete decision.
The UGC has so far adopted a tough stance on the EIILM and other universities Indian affiliation. The Indian government is aligned in the same position.
In September, Narendra Dhakad, the director of 'Higher Education Department', had, in an interview with the Times of India, raised the case of several branches of the EIILM University. " Unofficially, there are centres offering courses of EIILM as other universities. Innocent students fall in their trap and end up having degrees that are not recognized by any competent authorities ", he declared.
Narendra Dhakad had also argued that the EIILM was not an isolated case. " EIILM is not the only varsity offering its courses outside its jurisdiction. As per sources, various other universities are offering courses, flouting norms of regularity bodies including UGC, DEC, AICTE and others. The UGC acted on EIILM after complaints about issuing degrees to students without conducting any exams or practicals, misleading students by promoting wrong information on website, selling degrees by charging money instead of providing classes in one sitting ," he added.