New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
sought the responses of the UGC, the AICTE and the Sikkim
Manipal University on an allegation that the private varsity
was illegally running its off-site campuses at various places
in the national capital.
"Issue notice to the respondents (University Grants
Commisison, the All India Council for Technical Education and
the private university)," a division bench comprising Chief
Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Bhupendra
Chaturvedi against the private university alleging that it was
not authorised by the UGC to open campuses outside the
territorial jurisdiction of Sikkim.
The university has 52 unauthorised study centres in the
national capital alone and the fate of hundreds of students
are hanging in balance, senior advocate Arvind Nigam said.
The UGC, through its notifications issued in April and
June, 2009, had disapproved of the move of the university to
open off-site campuses.
Taking note of the plea, the court asked the UGC and
others to file their responses on March 15.