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…to start the off-campus centres.

A Syndicate meeting held in October last year had ended in acrimony when the then Vice-Chancellor, Rajan Gurukkal, shot the proposal down. He had objected to it citing complaints of lack of quality of education offered by the existing 74 off-campus centres, including seven abroad, and also the shortage of university staff to supervise such a large number of centres.

‘Approval not given’

Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education Department, K.M. Abraham told The Hindu that the government has not given its approval.

“We are yet to receive the minutes of the last Syndicate meeting and hence cannot comment further on the allegation,” he said.

The complaint against Shadwell executives was that the two along with Father Jaison Kollanur, former secretary of the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement, and three of its office-bearers tried to smuggle 40 unskilled labourers to the U.S.

The first batch of four persons, presented as staff of Shadwells and disguised as participants at an educational fair at NASA, Houston, was stopped by the Consulate officials.

The State Police was subsequently alerted and arrests were made. Investigations showed that Shadwells offered training for the course by U.K.-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and was using this as a cover for human trafficking.