DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH
Stamping its approval on Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s flagship project, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has added the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University, Patiala, to the list of universities established as as per section 2 (f) of UGC Act, 1956.
The UGC has also given the university permission to award degree by conducting courses through its own departments, constituent colleges or through its affiliated colleges, in regular mode with the approval of concerned statutory bodies/councils, wherever it is required.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the university has been included in the list of universities. maintained by the UGC on its website www.ugc.ac.in.
This has been communicated to the state government through a UGC communiqué, which says the University shall operate only within the territorial jurisdiction allotted to it under its Act and in no case beyond the territory of the State of its location. The University would not start any off-campus centre beyond the territorial jurisdiction as provided in the Act, as per the communique, which further mandates it to follow all the UGC Regulations. The University would be required to ensure that no programmes is offered through franchising arrangement with private institutions and no study centre(s) is opened through franchises by the University.
In case the university had already started any off-campus/study centre or centre operating through franchises outside the state, the same would be closed immediately, said the spokesperson.