MHRD has also ordered that no new courses, programmes or departments can be opened between 2016 and 2021 on the off-campus centre in Chennai located at Vandalur.
The University had admitted 2,571 students in the unapproved campus from 2010-11 before the campus was granted approval in 2013. “Thus the government is of the considered view that VIT has violated the provisions of UGC (Institutions deemed to be Universities) Regulations 2010,” the order states.
The number of students is to be reduced by 1,285 students – 50% of the total students admitted during 2010-11 to 2012-13 from the existing intake capacity of 2,580 per year. This will be spread over a period of five years at the rate of 257 students (20%) per year from 2016-17 academic year.
In case the admissions for 2016-17 have already been carried out before the issue of the MHRD order, the reduction will come into effect from 2017-18 academic year.
VIT Trustee G V Sampath, who acknowledged that the order was received, said the UGC had written three letters to the university between January 2010 and July 2010 to not admit students on the Chennai campus.
However, students were admitted before the approval was granted on June 6, 2013. “We filed a petition regarding the admission of students before approval as the students may be left in a lurch if someone challenges the issue at court. The reduction in numbers being admitted is something that can be done but students who passed out shouldn’t be punished for it,” he said, reported ToI.