Hyderabad: The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) has decided to deal with study centres operating from private higher educational institutions with an iron fist. The council will soon send letters to all State universities directing them to serve notices on private educational institutions operating study centres of universities that were not under State territory.
According to the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), no university, whether Central, State, private or deemed, can offer its programmes through franchising arrangements with private coaching institutions even for the purpose of conducting courses through distance mode. As per guidelines, degrees of candidates who pursued academics through distance mode from such study centres and obtained degrees after June 27, 2013, will be invalid.
As per guidelines, a university established or incorporated by or under a State Act can operate only within the territorial jurisdiction allotted to it under the Act.
The UGC had also advised students not to take admission in unapproved study centres, off-campus centres, franchisee institutions, colleges or institutions claiming to be affiliated with private universities or deemed universities.
However, it has come to the notice of the council that several private colleges are still a hub for universities from other States for conducting classes through distance mode.
“Due to lack of awareness, many students are still getting enrolled in such study centres. The issue was discussed at length during the recent meeting of vice-chancellors and the council has decided to implement the UGC guidelines. The universities will soon be directed to curb those study centres, while awareness programmes will be conducted for students and parents on illegal study centres,” a senior TSCHE official said.
Earlier, the council had issued notices on universities and higher education institutions of other States that were operating study centres or colleges in Telangana.
A varsity can operate only within the territorial jurisdiction allotted to it under the Act
No university can offer programmes through private coaching institutions
Private and deemed universities cannot affiliate any college or institution for conducting courses
State universities to serve notices on private institutions operating study centres