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MHRD denies closure of JNU centre, says forged UGC letter sent

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Saturday alleged that a forged letter was sent to JNU by the UGC office notifying the closure of the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at School of Social Sciences. The purported letter was forwarded by the JNU administration to the chairperson of the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.

The alleged forged letter informed JNU that financial support to the CSDE would be discontinued after the end of the XIIth Plan and that the decision to discontinue the financial support had been taken at the level of the MHRD, by an order. The notice according to a press statement ends with the proclamation: “No communication whatsoever will be entertained or solicited by the UGC.”

A press statement from the government said some news reports had appeared on the basis of the forged letter allegedly sent to the JNU administration by UGC. “It would have been proper if the press would have confirmed with University Grants Commission before publishing the news item,” said the statement.

UGC has established  Centres for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy in various universities in the Xth Plan on plan-to-plan basis provided these Centres report satisfactory progress in the areas of their focus.  Keeping in view the same procedure, the UGC would be extending these Centres from 1 April, 2017 onwards.

In another letter of UGC dated 20 January 2011, JNU was informed that the Centres will continue as earlier and the work would be monitored by the Commission. In letters dated 22 September 2015, and 23 December 2015, UGC informed JNU that the centre being on plan-to-plan basis will continue on the same basis.