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Controversial Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya is fake, declares UGC

Controversial Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya is fake, declares UGC

NEW DELHI: Nearly a year after the DCW rescued 40 girls from Rohini's controversial Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya, the UGC declared it a fake university. "UGC issues public notice against the unrecognized status of Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), New Delhi and illegal status of Bio-Chemic Education Grant Commission, Nadia, West Bengal. Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, UP is also not recognized by the UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956," Union HRD Minister of State Satya Pal Singh informed the Lok Sabha on January 3.

ADR-Centric Juridical University, Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment Commercial University Ltd, Daryaganj, United Nations University Vocational University are also registered under fake universities from Delhi.

Last December, over 40 girls were rescued from Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini area days after the high court formed a panel consisting of lawyers and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, to inspect the premises of the institute where girls and women were allegedly kept in illegal confinement.

The DCW chief Swati Jaihind said that the panel along with members from child welfare committee (CWC) inspected the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya and rescued 41 girls.

"The CWC interviewed all the girls and rescued 41 of them who clearly looked like minors. All the girls and women there appeared in a trance-like they were drugged. Steps also need to be taken to rescue the adult women who are left there," she said. The DCW chief said the girls will be counselled and their parents will be contacted. "The age of the girls will also be verified. The head of the institution should be arrested," she said.

DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said they had sent a team to assist the CWC and the girls were handed over to the competent authorities. While he did not reveal the number of policemen who carried out the search, he said adequate arrangements were made.

The HC had later ordered a CBI probe into the alleged illegal confinement of girls and women in the ashram.

Sayantan Ghosh

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