After hearing the plea of the University’s Registrar (in-charge) K. Arumugam, who challenged the orders issued by UGC. Justice M.M. Sundresh passed the interim order on a petition and further issued notice to the UGC and its affiliated unit Distant Education Bureau (DEB) returnable by eight weeks.
On Monday when the petition came up in the court room the judge in favour of the University R Suresh Kumar was sure that the orders issued by University Grants Commission is illegal and has been given just randomly. This was the reason that High Court in its interim decision has not stopped University from offering admissions to the students to the distance education programme. Based on the arguments put forward by the judge of the petitioner, Justice MM Sundresh granted interim stay while directing notice to the commission.
Thousands of students who are enrolled in the 258 distance education programmes offered by Annamalai University would have breathed a sigh of relief as Madras High Court on August 31, 2015 passed an interim stay over the University Grants Commission’s order to cancel the recognition of the distance education courses offered by the university for the academic session 2015-16.
In the year 2012, UGC informed Annamalai University that, “ that the territorial jurisdiction of State Universities, both private and government, for offering programmes distance mode cannot go beyond the boundaries of the respective States.”
The same was challenged by University before the High Court. On March 12, 2013 High Court set aside the UGC’s direction in 2013 via a single judge. A division bench while hearing an appeal by the UGC against the order stated that all the admissions offered by University in distance mode outside the state would depend on the final decision issued on the pending appeal.
If the orders of the UGC which were issued on August 14, 2015 is to be believed which was published then UGC cancelled recognition of 31 universities across the country of which Annamalai University was also a part. Their recognition was cancelled because they were not working as per the rules laid down by the UGC.
One of the Asia’s largest public residential universities is Annamalai University which is located in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Art present the University offers more than 500 courses via the Distance Education Mode. All the programmes that are being offered by the Directorate of Distance Education have been recognized and approved by Distance Education Council, New Delhi. Even the B.Ed. program which was introduced in 2008 by the University is offered through Distance mode has been issued approval by National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi.