As hundreds of students languish over their future as alleged in a PIL filed in the Supreme Court by Prashant Bhushan, due to fake degrees issued by Himgiri Zee University, the foray of Zee Group into higher education has been more nightmarish than being the golden goose.
Acting upon the plea from students over the irregularities and issuance of fake degrees, Supreme Court has issued notice to Uttarakhand based Zee Himgiri University, its patron Subhash Chandra and asked them to clear their stand.
The court observed through a writ petition filed by students that Zee Himgiri University has been involved in giving out fake and forged degrees that are unrecognized under the UGC rules and regulations.
“A Bench of (Supreme Court) Justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant on Wednesday issued notice to State of Uttarakhand, University Grants Commission and Union of India along with Zee Himgiri University and its patron Subhash Chandra under whose aegis the university and the distance learning centres have been running and has sought a reply within 8 weeks to the irregularities” the notice read.
Former Aam Aadmi Party leader and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan representing the students argued in the court that the university has robbed a number of middle class or lower income group innocent students of their parents’ money and cost them their careers.
The plea adds that university has been issuing degrees related to animation, filmmaking and visual effects in violation of the University Grants Commission rules and regulations.
The plea further states that the University has been constantly ignoring rules and has set up 29 study centres in 15 states without taking due permission from Govt and concerned authorities.