University Grants Commission (UGC) and BITS-Pilani are at loggerheads with each other due to UGC's interference with the functioning of BITS.
In a notice sent to BITS-Pilani last year, UGC had directed the institute to close its engineering school and nine other deemed universities citing violation of Deemed University Regulations.
The violation, UGC claimed is on the grounds that BITS-Pilani had not obtained any approval from it.
BITS-Pilani has two of its off campuses set up at Hyderabad and Goa. The Rajasthan Government was originally attesting the certificates of those colleges while awarding it to students.
However, after UGC's concerns, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is now seeking opinion to confirm if Rajasthan government can continue attesting degrees, certificates and diplomas conducted in BITS' off campuses.
Since there was no clarity on the issue, the state government has again written to the Union government seeking its direction on the matter.
The HRD Ministry in return has written to the law ministry seeking its advice. The attestation process is now put on hold waiting for an authorised response from the Centre.
Also, BITS-Pilani argues that the off shore campuses were built even before the regulation of UGC were formulated and hence does not come under its purview.
BITS-Pilani was declared as an institution deemed to be a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act in 1964.It is one of the top institutes in the world offering good quality education in engineering.
Altogether there are over thousand students studying in both their off campuses. BITS-Pilani is in 95th place in the QS rankings in 2015 among universities in the BRICS countries.
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