SHILLONG, Oct 26: The Martin Luther Christian University’s (MLCU) board of governors, comprising of senior representatives of the KJPA, NLHMB and nominees of the Government of Meghalaya, after its meeting on October 13 has reiterated that, “MLCU Act 2005, chapter 2, Sections 8 (iv) & 8 (v), read with UGC Act 1956, Section 22, confers on the MLCU the legal power to award degrees to students. We note with satisfaction that the UGC website has listed MLCU among the 94 private universities in the country that are empowered to award degrees.”
A press note released by the University added that UGC recognizes MLCU for the award of its various schemes such as JRF, NET, and Merit Scholarships to MLCU students and graduates. The UGC has also granted university code number to the University and conducts regular correspondence with MLCU. The board of governors also stated that in the five years of the university’s existence the university has fared well in terms of students’ performance that helped them to obtain jobs in the government and private sectors and in securing admissions to postgraduate courses in central and state universities all over the country.
The press release also added that “We note with confidence that MLCU has established its uniqueness as a private university and has been performing to the level of satisfaction, more particularly in the fields of job-oriented courses and research programs. “
Informing that the NLHMB is a registered Trust and legally empowered to establish a university the board of governors said that the NLHMB Trust was started by the UELCI, by provision of its own memorandum of association, and the executive secretary of the UELCI was a member of the first Board of Governors of MLCU. The NLHMB has contributed its fifty percent share of the Endowment Fund and has fulfilled all its sponsorship obligations under the Shangpung Agreement signed with the KJPA.