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UGC tells Universities to remove racial clauses from their rules

UGC recently issued it decision for all Universities to remove all racial clauses from their rules. Current University regulation looks forward to avoid examiners from African countries for adjudication of theses by PhD scholars, which the UGC noted was against the country's foreign policy.

Dec 5, 2014 11:38 IST
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New Delhi: University Grant Commission (UGC) alarmed by a regulation issued by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, with alleged overtones of racism, UGC has asked all varsities and institutes across the country to delete such clauses from their regulations which imply racial or other discrimination.

Current University regulation looks forward to avoid examiners from African countries for adjudication of theses by PhD scholars, which the UGC noted was against the country's foreign policy.

"Such regulation of the university not only violates the norms prescribed by UGC but is also against the foreign policy of the Government," it said in an advisory, asking all universities to delete such clauses.

Clause 19.6(a) of Bharathiar University's regulations reads: "For all PhD theses (except Tamil), the panel of examiners consisting of four foreign examiners, preferably from the scientifically advanced countries, avoiding African countries (exception South Africa)."

The regulation has come under lot of criticism including from the university's teachers association.

Important points:

  1. UGC told Universities to remove any racial clause from their rules.
  2. The decision was taken when UGC came across one such regulation from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore rules.
  3. It was highly criticized by all teachers as well.

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