The Nagpur University finally took action against Central India Institute of Mass Communication (CIIMC), after TOI on July 19 reported about how it was sleeping over the issue of bogus colleges and courses. Board of College and University (BCUD) director Arvind Chaudhary has disaffiliated as many as 10 courses run by CIIMC on Friday after getting final approval from vice-chancellor Vilas Sapkal.
A copy of Chaudhary's letter given to CIIMC, managed by Sunil Mishra who is one of the convicts of infamous fake marksheet and revaluation scam that rocked NU about a decade back, is in possession of TOI. It clearly stated that affiliation to 10 courses stood cancelled for the academic year 2011-12 as the college failed to renew them after getting permission from the government to start them on June 5, 2006. The college failed to start them in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and therefore the permission given initially for two years has lapsed.
Even the NU had granted first time affiliation during 2010-11 on specific condition that it would be subjected to obtaining renewal of permission from the state government. The courses which are disaffiliated included - Masters of fashion, textile and advertising management and bachelor of jewellery design, khadi production, animation and multimedia, production and TV, acting and film, business communication and fashion business management. As NU failed to take action on time, the college had reportedly admitted over 300 students and now their fate hangs in balance, sources said.
TOI had reported about government seeking explanation from NU bosses on alleged 'illegal' courses run by CIIMC through a letter by an officer VG Chandekar. The letter questioned the administration as to how it granted affiliation to the college to run those courses as their permissions had long expired as per Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. NU was also told to specify reasons with relevant laws and sections behind granting affiliation to the courses. Chandekar had asked registrar to come up with an explanation as to how it granted affiliation to the new courses of CIIMC even as their syllabus was not prepared.