In our country, private universities are playing an important role in reshaping higher education to develop competent and market-oriented human resources. But, in recent times, allegations have been raised against some of them. They are allegedly running educational programmes without proper approval of the UGC. Apart from making higher education toy, they are being blamed for selling certificates, easy-to-get degrees, poor teaching qualities, poor infrastructure and high tuition fees, et cetera. Instead of providing quality education to students, they have virtually commercialised higher education. Irregularities, mismanagement and conflict are common practices in these so-called institutions.
In the past, a good number of students were victimised by various private universities engaged in irregularities. It is not only students and their guardians, but job providers are also raising the same question. Ultimately, profit motive has become the lone objective of the management of private universities. They were supposed to complement public universities in imparting higher education to the students who would, otherwise, not get access to higher education. But, they are far from fulfilling the objective.
As per competent sources, the UGC does not have the jurisdiction to take any action against the rule-violating universities. The Commission merely sends recommendations to the Ministry of Education for taking action against the law-flouting universities after serving show-cause notices to them.
If the UGC could exercise power directly, these universities would have definitely been compelled to follow the official regulations. So, the UGC should be strengthened immediately by properly empowering it in this regard to bring discipline in these private universities.