Gauhati University Offers Unapproved Courses: According to media reports, CAG has uncovered a scam involving Gauhati University under which the varsity offered 21 unapproved courses to the students as part of its academic offering. According to a CAG report, the University had nearly 74,000 students enrolled for these unapproved programmes and collected over Rs 39 crore as enrolment fees from them. These 21 unapproved courses were being offered by the varsity under its distance learning centre for past seven years.
Varsity Submitted Fake Affidavits
According to the report submitted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Gauhati University – one of the oldest universities of the northeast, submitted fake affidavits before UGC with regards to offering unapproved courses. The varsity presented multiple fake certificates before the University Grants Commission, assuring that it will not start any new distance learning course without prior approval of the commission. The CAG report on Gauhati University has been submitted before the state assembly during the on-going winter session for a discussion.
Only 8 Distance Learning Courses Approved
As per the official report, Gauhati University only has 8 distance learning courses approved by the UGC. In August 2010, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), with approval of the Distance Education Council (DEC), had approved Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the Gauhati University (GU). At the time of approval, only 8 courses were approved to be offered by the Gauhati University as part of its distance learning module. Later, UGC extended the approval for only these five courses for duration of five years starting from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
Degrees of Unapproved Courses not valid for Government Jobs
Gauhati University’s 21 unapproved courses are deemed to be invalid and don’t have backing of UGC. Therefore, the degrees earned by students through these courses also stand as nullified. IGNOU and the Distance Education Council (DEC), both had issued clarification in this regards in July 2013. Such degrees were not valid for jobs in central government services.
Number of Students Who Joined Unapproved Courses
According to CAG report, a total of 73,912 students were enrolled in 19 courses out of 21 unapproved courses during the year 2010-11 to 2016-17. As part of the admission process, the varsity collected a total of Rs 39.06 crore on these unapproved courses. Of the 21 unapproved courses, no student sought admission to MSc-Mathematics and PGD-Insurance Management programmes offered by Gauhati University through distance learning mode.