Published On: Wed, May 29th, 2013

Meghalaya looking to ‘dissolve’ CMJ University

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Chandra Mohan JhaMeghalaya Private UniversitiesMS Rao

CMJ UniversityMeghalaya government is looking at dissolving CMJ University for various irregularities conducted by the varsity administration.The Meghalaya based private varsity is under scanner for awarding over 430 PhD degrees in the last academic year by violating University Grants Commission (UGC) norms.

“The irregularities and violations clearly amount to mismanagement, maladministration and failure in accomplishment of the objectives which attract dissolution of the university,” said Principal Secretary to the Governor, M S Rao.

Talking about CJM University violating UGC norms by setting up off campus centres and Distance Education across and outside the country, Rao said, such actions were contrary to the provisions of the Meghalaya Private Universities (Regulation of Establishment and Maintenance of Standards) Act, 2012.

The Governor in his capacity as Visitor of all private universities in the state has also directed the university to refund all fees charged together with interest within 15 days to students who wished to withdraw from the CMJ University.

The university awarded PhD degrees to 19 people hailing from Assam, Punjab and Maharashtra via Distance Learning mode. The list of PhD guides approved by the university was misleading as a fresh list of 85 guides sent by them denied having given their consent, said governor house official.

The governor has also directed the university to furnish names and addresses of all students who were awarded PhD degrees, guides along with their consent letters and addresses. While three officials of the varsity including the registrar, his deputy and the HR manager have been arrested, the self-appointed Chancellor of the University, Chandra Mohan Jha, is on the run for the past one month, reported