Foreign funding licenses of premium educational institutions such as Jawaharlal University, University of Delhi, IIT Delhi and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been canceled by the Home Minstry. These institutes will now be barred from receiving any funds from abroad.
As per sources, the Union Home Ministry has cancelled the registration of the institutes under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA).
This measure was taken after the institutes have failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.
As per the current guidelines, only those institutions and organizations which are registered under the FCRA are allowed to receive foreign funds. It is imperative for these organizations to have a valid FCRA registration number in order to receive donations and funds from abroad.
According to the ministry officials, even after repeated notices, the institutes had failed to file their returns for the past five consecutive years from 2010-11 to 2014-15.
There is no official response as yet from JNU, DU and authorities from several other institutes as they claim to be unaware of the problem. They have also termed this as just a procedural issue.
IIT-Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao was quoted, “Not aware of this. But IIT-Delhi has nothing to hide… we would have filed our returns. This seems like a procedural issue and we will sort this out with the government.”
According to the officials, all organizations registered under the FCRA had been given enough time to file their documents and were also specifically informed that they will lose their license if they failed to comply. Last May, organizations were additionally given an opportunity to file their returns without any penalty.