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Mewar varsity’s degree imbroglio continues

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New Delhi — Representations have been received with regard to grant of degrees by Mewar University to the FDDI students and not with regard to grant of diplomas by the Institute. The FDDI was offering stand alone Diplomas to the students till the year 2007.

Based on the growing aspirations of students and their parents for acquiring degree in preference to a diploma, in the year 2010, FDDI converted all PG and UG professional diploma programmes in specialised field of retail, footwear, fashion and leather goods & accessories design into MSc and BSc. The degree was granted in collaboration with IGNOU to enable FDDI students to acquire a UGC recognized degree along with sufficient professional & technical skills required in any corporate.

However, IGNOU discontinued all the programmes in the academic session 2012 when as many as 1250 students were enrolled for various BSc and MSc Programmes in collaboration with that University. Requests for renewal of MoU of IGNOU with FDDI did not fructify.

In such circumstances, FDDI published an advertisement in the newspaper for empanelling of a university for of degree to the students pursuing various professional programmes at FDDI. In response to the advertisement Mewar University applied for collaboration. FDDI signed an MOU with Mewar University to offer Degree programmes from academic session 2012.

As per the MoU the students were enrolled and registered with Mewar University Chittorgarh, Rajasthan from the academic year 2012. FDDI was responsible for short listing of eligible candidates for the said programmes, and providing technical and professional training at campuses. The information pertaining to degrees being awarded to the FDDI students byMewar University was posted on the website of the Institute as well as the University.

However, the UGC, in September, 2014, has raised questions against the MoU between FDDI and Mewar University for grant of degree to FDDI students registered for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 in light of the AICTE’s non-recognition of its degree.

The Government is making best efforts to get the matter resolved through consultations with UGC, IGNOU, FDDI and Ministry of Human Resources Development.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha yesterday.

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