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Functioning of private varsities reviewed

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Nov 2 - For the first time, the functioning of all seven private universities in the State of Arunachal Pradesh has been reviewed in a meeting held under the chairmanship of State�s Education Minister Honchun Ngandam at the conference hall of the Directorate of Higher & Technical Education here today.

During the discussion, the private universities � Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai; Apex Professional University, Pasighat; North Eastern Frontier Technical University, Aalo; Himalayan University, Chimpu (Itanagar); Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University, Ziro; Venkateswara Open University, Lekhi (Itanagar) and Arunodaya University, Jollang, Itanagar � were advised to be strictly guided by norms of UGC/AICTE in their functioning.

They were further asked to establish their credibility in quality education and to keep away from all illegal practices often reported from the private universities in other parts of the country.

Standard of teaching and quality of education in the private-run universities was also emphasized and it was suggested that �qualified� faculties should be recruited. It was also emphasized that in order to recruit qualified faculties, they should be provided with good salaries.

It was informed during the course of discussion that the government is bringing a Bill in the next session of Assembly to regulate the functioning of private universities in the State.

The Education Minister assured that the State Government will extend all possible support to the private universities and remove the hindrances in their functioning. He also assured to take corrective steps in matter of administration of these private universities.

The private universities were asked to refrain from opening off-campus study and distance education centres as per guidelines issued by UGC.

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