Annamalai University: Annamalai University challenges UGC’s no-to-admission order in Madras High Court

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Annamalai University: Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu has moved the Madras High Court challenging an order of the University Grants Commission. Annamalai University has challenged in the Madras High Court the order of the UGC banning admissions to ODL courses.

New Delhi:

Annamalai University: Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu has moved the Madras High Court challenging an order of the University Grants Commission. Annamalai University has challenged in the Madras High Court the order of the UGC banning admissions to ODL courses. The writ petition of the university had sought quashing of a public notice of the UGC dated March 25 and 30 this year which held that Annamalai University should not admit any student to any program on the ground that He has not obtained UGC accreditation from 2014-15 academic year.

The writ petition has been prayed to direct the UGC to issue recognition of open and distance education programs for the current academic year 2022-23. The interim prayer is for a stay on the operation of the notice and a direction to the UGC to allow the petitioner university to admit students under open and distance education programs from 2022-23.

When the matter came up before Justice R Mahadevan on May 6, the Additional Advocate General, representing the university, pointed out that from time to time the matter was being considered only by passing interim orders and admitting students. He also submitted that any admission was subject to the outcome of this writ petition and the judge recorded the same and posted the matter for further hearing immediately after the summer vacation. The petitioner argued that the public notice was completely against the facts and circumstances of the case.

The University applied for recognition every year and the UGC maintained the status quo knowing full well that an interim order was passed in 2015 on a writ appeal stating that “with respect to the distance education program by the University All admissions made are located outside the centres. The territorial jurisdiction will be subject to the final decision of pending appeals.”

In view of the interim order, the petitioner university applied for recognition every year and the respondents neither approved nor rejected it. The university argued that the March public notice was publicly tarnishing the university’s reputation and creating fear for students who were studying its courses.

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