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Oct 09, 2007 at 08:30am IST

UGC to crackdown on fake universities, ragging menace

New Delhi: It's no more fun, but serious business now. As fresh incidents of ragging come to light across the country, the UGC is implementing the Raghavan committee's recommendations for curbing the menace.

The University Grants Commission has decided to frame strict regulations to be followed by universities across the country putting the onus on the institutes to file FIR if the victim wants to approach the police.

So the work has begun not only on the ways to cub the menace of ragging, but also to control the growing tribe of the fake universities.

For this the UGC has now written to the government. The commission after identifying 20 fake universities in the country wants changes in the UGC Act of 1956. The law stipulates a fine of only Rs 1,000 for those running un-recognised university.

The UGC wants this sum to be increased manifold and a penal provision to be introduced in the act as well.

“We have written to the minister that the magnitude of the punishment should be increased,” says UGC Chairman, Sukhdeo Thorat.

To decide on the other reforms in higher education, a meeting of vice-chancellors of the universities has been called later this week to work out a consensus.

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