Pearl Academy has been ordered by The University Grants Commission (UGC) to shut down all its centers across India. Pearl Academy has also been ordered, not to hand out any joint degrees with the Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Britain. The design and management colleges of Pearl Academy offers these degrees for its courses.
Currently, Pearl Academy has four centres across India:
Lately, UGC has been receiving complaints against private colleges which are working in collaboration with foreign universities and are awarding joint degrees to its students. Such practice is not allowed in India.
After the order passed by UFC, Pearl Academy would not be authorized to award any degrees to its students both at the individual level or in collaboration with a foreign University.
Since Pearl Academy is not a University, it cannot grant degrees to its students with respect to the educational reforms 1956, that says only a University can award degrees to its students.
CEO Pearl Academy, Sharad Mehra, has denied all the wrongdoings charged against the academy and said that the college has been delivering excellent education to its students over the past two decades.
In recent years, many private colleges have been offering joint degrees to its students in collaboration with many foreign universities. The students are promised “international degree” which actually are not valid, as an Indian university can collaborate with a foreign University after UGC’s consent.
Last year, UGC declared a similar collaboration (of awarding degrees) between Mewar University and Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) as illegal causing more than 4000 students to suffer.