The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited the renowned business school Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) from providing distance learning and online programmes due to egregious norm violations, an official said on Tuesday.
The UGC has also advised prospective students from enrolling in any of the institute’s courses. The institute, which was founded in 1981, received university status in 2003.
“Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Maharashtra has not adhered to the UGC regulations and is in gross violations with regard to functioning of the Centre for Internal Quality Assurance (CIQA), quality of Self Learning Material and e-Learning Material (e-LM), nomenclature of Centre for Distance and Online Learning,” UGC secretary Manish Joshi said.
“The institute was not following the fee refund policy promulgated by UGC and numerous continuous complaints being received against the HEI (higher education institution) from various stakeholders in offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and online programmes,” he added.
According to Joshi, the commission has so far decided to prevent the institute from providing ODL and online programmes during the academic sessions of January–February 2023, July–August 2023, and January–February 2024.
“It may be allowed to offer ODL and online programmes for academic session beginning in July-August 2024 only pursuant to inspection or on-site visit by UGC and after obtaining necessary approvals from UGC,” he said.
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