SHILLONG, June 07: Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Dr MM Pallam Raju on Friday stated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) must blacklist the controversial CMJ University and put up its name in its website informing the public that it is “selling fake PhD degrees all over the country and even abroad”.
“As things stand, all UGC can do is, list the CMJ University in its website stating that this is a university of disrepute giving fraudulent degrees,” Dr Raju told reported on the sideline of a function in a city college.
Stressing that there is a need to crackdown on malpractices by fly - by - night operators by the state governments in tandem with the Centre, Dr Raju informed that the union government will pass a bill in the coming session of Parliament to regulate the functioning of Universities in the country.
“We are hopeful that in the coming Monsoon Session, we will be able to pass this Bill related to regulating the functioning of universities,” he said while remarking that “it is important to crack down on these malpractice operators”.
Speaking about the union government’s commitment to crackdown on such fraudulent universities, Raju said, “You must have seen the action taken against IIPM; similarly we would be able to take action (against CMJ University). We are encouraging actions against such universities.”
He, however, said to initiate action against such Universities the cooperation of the state government is needed.
Mentionably, the Meghalaya CID has sealed off the CMJ University office and campus after Governor R S Mooshahary lodged an FIR against the University for alleged fraudulent activities.
Established in 2009, the CMJ University has allegedly awarded a record number of 434 PhD degrees in the past one year apart from registering 490 more PhD scholars during the same year.
While four officials including the University’s Registrar, Deputy Registrar, the Director and the HR Manager were arrested, the self-appointed Chancellor of the University, Chandra Mohan Jha, has been on the run for the past one month.