The University Grants Commission (UGC) which is the main governing body for higher education in India has the red flag up for ten top Indian Institutes including the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. The Commission has directed ten institutes in the country to shut down various of their off-campus centres with immediate effect after it was found that they were established against the norms of the UGC. Sunita Siwach, the Deputy Secretary of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has put out notices to these ten institutes reiterating that a number of the off-campus centres that have been set up by these ten institutes flouted Clause 6 of the UGC guidelines as well as Article 12 (5) of the Deemed University regulations of 2010. The notice issued by UGC also highlighted that these institutes have not sought the prior approval of the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry before setting up their off-campus centres. The institutes have been given a month to comply with and submit an action taken report.
Institutes that have been given the red flag:
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani- Goa & Hyderabad campuses
- Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra-Patna, Lalpur, Noida, Deoghar, Kolkata and Allahabad campuses.
- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) University-Shibpur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru campuses.
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)-Hyderabad, Pune and Bengaluru campuses.
- Homi Bhabha National Institute-Bhubaneswar campus.
- Banasthali University (Rajasthan)-Jaipur campus.
- Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad-Kolkata campus.
- Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology (PRIST)-Trichy, Madurai, Puducherry, Kumbakonam and Chennai campuses.
- Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)-Palampur, Pune, Mukteshwar, Kolkata and Bengaluru campuses.
- Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior-Guwahati campus.