Raipur: Chhattisgarh Government has asked police to take legal action against non-accredited universities operating illegally in the state after receiving a slew of complaints against them even as the Chief Lokayukta has sought a detailed list of such institutions within 15 days.
"Higher Education Department has given information to Chhattisgarh Lok Ayog that it has seriously considered the complaints received against the non-accredited universities and have issued letters to Superintendents of Police (SPs) of respective districts for taking immediate legal action against such institutions," an official statement here said on Saturday.
Notably, the Chief Lokayukta has directed the Higher Education Department to submit the list of such universities, consisting of details like their vice chancellors, office addresses, mobile numbers etc. Within 15 days.
The Chief Lokayukta issued these orders after perusing the report submitted by Higher Education Department officials yesterday.
In his report submitted to the Lok Ayog, Additional Director, Higher Education Department, Dr R B Subramanyam said that as many as 23 universities are recognised by the state government.
They include Indira Art and Music University Khairagarh, Pt Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Raipur, Kushabhau Thakre University for Journalism and Mass Communication, Ayush and Health Science University Raipur, Kamdhenu University Durg, Bastar University Jagdalpur.
Besides, the universities recognised by the Central Government in Chhattisgarh are: Guru Ghasidas University Bilaspur, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur, Indian Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT) Raipur, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Raipur, Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi.
Except the aforementioned universities, no other university has been accredited in Chhattisgarh, according to the Higher Education Department.
As per the release, a few of the non-accredited universities in Chhattisgarh include CMJ University, Novelty University, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore and Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad.
Following this, Chief Lokayukta said that degrees awarded by these non-accredited universities are invalid and students are being misled, the release said.
The Chief Lokayukta has directed the state government to convey the information received about the degrees offered by such organisations to Lok Ayog, the statement added.