The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Union and Delhi governments, the University Grants Commission and others on a petition by a student of Fashionista, a private institute located at Ansal Plaza in South Delhi providing courses in fashion designing, textile designing and interior designing, alleging that it is being operated without any approval from regulatory bodies.

File replies by July

Issuing the notices, Justice G. S. Sistani asked the respondents to file replies to the petition by July 12, the next date of hearing.

The petitioner, Mohammed Sajid, who has taken admission in the interior designing course in the institute, submitted through his counsel R. K. Saini along with Sitab Ali Chaudhary that while attending the classes he came to know that the institute had falsely claimed in its prospectus that it was an off campus branch of Mahatma Gandhi University located at Shillong in Meghalaya.

False claim

The petitioner had deposited Rs.1.9 lakh for the course fee. The petitioner further submitted that the institute had made a false claim about being an off-campus branch of the university as it was a private university which could not grant any affiliation or launch an off-campus branch outside the State where it was located.

The petitioner urged the Court to order a vigilance inquiry into operation of the university in an alleged illegal manner and issue direction for punishment of those who are guilty and responsible for granting so called approval or affiliation or permission to the institute and allowing their names to be used and thereby permitting it to play with career, future and life of the innocent and poor students.

UGC

The petitioner also urged the Court to direct the University Grants Commission to cancel the status of deemed university conferred on the Mahatma Gandhi University for wilful and deliberate breach of the conditions for affiliation.

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