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The fate of the proposal to introduce diploma courses in consumer law and cyber law at the National Law University of India (NLSIU) Bangalore has been left to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to decide.
As per a Karnataka High Court order passed on August 1, the UGC has been given three months to decide on whether permission can be given to NLSIU to conduct the Post Graduate Diploma courses.
While disposing a writ petition preferred by NLSIU challenging an August 2016 UGC communicating intimating that the proposal to introduce the diploma courses “will not be considered by the UGC, Justice R Devdas ordered,
“… this writ petition is disposed of with a direction to respondent No.1-UGC to consider the representation dated 28.04.2016, made by the petitioner-University, for the academic years 2016-17 and onwards, as expeditiously as possible and at any rate within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order.”
A proposal to offer Post-Graduate Diploma courses in Consumer Law and Practice and in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics was initially submitted to the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for approval on May 15, 2013. At the time, IGNOU was the relevant authority for granting approval. However, the UGC assumed jurisdiction over this field with effect from May 16, 2013. Consequently, the proposal was then sent to UGC for approval.
The writ petition was filed by NLSIU after UGC issued a communication in 2016 stating that the approval for the proposed programmes will “not to be considered by the UGC later”. In Court, however, the UGC submitted that it would consider the proposal. In view of the submission, and echoing an earlier order passed by the High Court in a similar matter, Justice Devdas disposed of the plea by remanding the matter back to the UGC to decide.
[Read the Order]