The Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) Directorate of Distance Education has failed to garner approval from UGC to continue their distance education programme. The new academic session would begin in less than two weeks’ time and the ruling would be a setback for the university.
The university management has blamed the state government of not showing proper approach of the university’s demand of appointment of independent faculty. The Registrar of MDU SP Vats said, “Even today, I have written to the education department over the same issue and we are also talking to the officers concerned to get immediate approval.”
According to sources in education department, they have received the letters from the university, but the fate of the university is bound to remain uncertain. The Director of Directorate of Distance Education Professor Naseeb Singh Gill said, “Though we had written to the state government for approval of 12 posts of assistant professors-one each in all 12 departments- but did not get any positive reply.”
The demand for assistant professors from the state government by the university were made for English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Political Science, Public Admin, History, Economics, Computer Science, Library and Information management subjects. The recruitments were asked to meet by the UGC under self-financing scheme, which was decided on a meeting held on July 23, 2013.
The UGC had granted recognition for the 2012-12 and 2014-15 sessions which began in the year 2012. Now for carrying forward operations of the university further approval is needed from the commission for the next academic session.