EDUCATION AGREEMENT SIGNED IN MAURITIUS WITH ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES SIGNATORY IN MATHURA
Even though the HRD ministry has not yet confirmed if an official of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) was made to sign an agreement with Tertiary Education Commission in November 2013 while sitting in Mathura when a full-fledged Indian delegation was already in Port Louis, TEC has said the AIU signatory was not in Mauritius.
This raises the serious question why no one in the Indian delegation, led by then HRD minister MM Pallam Raju, was willing to sign on behalf of AIU. AK Bakshi, TEC director, told that AIU official Durg Singh Chauhan who signed the agreement was not present in Mauritius. However, Bakshi said, “Signing was done through exchange of agreement which is the current practice in many organizations.” What has made the TEC-AIU agreement even more mysterious is that the University Grants Commission that signed another agreement with TEC in January 2014 referred to TEC-AIU agreement but now says it does not even have a copy of it. Also, while AIU has not given any explanation as to why agreement was signed with TEC in 2013 when the existing agreement was valid till 2015, Bakshi said, “Since Mauritius wants to position itself as a knowledge hub, it felt the need to revisit the agreement.” Meanwhile, the HRD ministry that is looking at TEC-AIU and TEC-UGC agreement has gone slow and a decision is likely to be taken after the Parliament session. Meanwhile, Bakshi, who joined TEC from Delhi University last October, is facing allegations of having manipulated the TEC-UGC agreement, a charge he denies. He said, “The MoU does not supersede in any manner any existing rules and regulations of India or Mauritius. The agreement does not provide for automatic recognition but for collaboration in recognizing qualifications.”