According to the reports by the Indian Express, the government of India is not happy with the UGC chairman Ved Prakash for ignoring the directives issued by the HRD ministry under Section 20 of the UGC Act. In November, the secretary of Ministry of Human Resource and Development, VS Oberoi wrote to Ved Prakash asking the UGC to take action against the Universities that are illegally offering distance learning programme to students.
The HRD secretary had asked UGC to register FIRs against all such Universities who are illegally offering distance learning programmes to students outside their home state. However, no action was taken by the UGC despite all orders issued under Section 20.
The baffled HRD ministry reportedly also sent two reminders seeking reply for the negligence. However, this sort of reminder is not required for such directives. UGC failed to take any solid step even after that irking the eye of HRD ministry.
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Despite such irresponsible behaviour of UGC and its Chairman Ved Prakash, HRD ministry is unlikely to take any action against him as he is set to retire in a month. Before taking over as the Chairman of UGC, Prof. Ved Prakash held multiple important position in a number of national and international educational bodies. He served as Vice-Chairman, UGC; Vice-Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi; and Secretary, UGC.
He also served as the Adviser (Education), Planning Commission, Government of India and as Professor & Head, Department of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, National Council of Educational Research & Training, New Delhi.