Published: 31st July 2021
UGC grants State university status to Odisha's Rajendra University two weeks after rejecting initial plea
The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Friday approved the Odisha government’s proposal for recognising Rajendra University in Balangir as a State university
The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Friday approved the Odisha government’s proposal for recognising Rajendra University in Balangir as a State university. The commission had rejected their plea just a couple of weeks back after which the higher education department of the state urged the UGC to reconsider.
“The name of the university has been included in the list of universities established as per Section 2(f) of UGC Act 1956. 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,” said the UGC order issued to the State Higher Education department.
Established on September 1, 2020, by the government under Odisha Universities Act 1989, Rajendra University is now empowered to award degrees as specified by the UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956 by conducting courses through its own departments, constituent colleges and/or affiliated colleges in regular mode with the approval of statutory bodies concerned and statutory councils, the order said.
The university is not allowed to start any off-campus centre beyond the territorial jurisdiction as provided in the Act as per the Supreme Court judgment. The university will also not offer any programmes through a franchise arrangement with private institutions. “In case, the university has already started any off-campus/study centre and the centre operating through franchises outside the State, it must be closed immediately,” the UGC said.
The university is barred from offering open learning, distance learning and online programmes without prior recognition of UGC. MPhil and PhD programmes can be conducted as per the provisions of UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulations, 2016.
“The Rajendra University will fulfil the aspiration of the students of western Odisha and will benefit from the New Education Policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.