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Some of the biggest Indian universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), IIT-Delhi, IGNOU, and about a 100 other institutions, have been barred by the Home Ministry from receiving foreign funds. According to an Indian Express report, the registration of these institutions under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) has been cancelled, as they have failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.
No Indian university is allowed to receive foreign funds unless they are registered with the FCRA, and it is compulsory for them to submit their annual expenditures to the government. A Home Ministry official has commented that the said universities have failed to file their returns for five consecutive years, 2010-11 to 2014-15, despite being served repeated notices.
“I’m not aware of this. But IIT-Delhi has nothing to hide. I’m sure we would have filed our returns. This seems like a procedural issue and we will sort this out with the government," IIT-Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao told Indian Express.
Panjab University, Gargi College (Delhi), Lady Irwin College (Delhi), Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund etc are some of the pther universities whose foreign funding have been axed.
Watch this space for more details.