Mauritius education sector suffers on multiple illegality counts for EIILM
The institute has flouted both Indian and Mauritian laws, crucial among which was an injunction banning an institute on foreign soil from awarding Indian degrees. (Image: EIILM website)
With more and more illegalities committed by the Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM) campus coming to light, the education sector in Mauritius is repeated being subjected to scrutiny.
It turns out that the institute, part of a private university in Sikkim and present in Mauritius since 2007, has flouted both Indian and Mauritian laws, crucial among which was an injunction banning an institute on foreign soil from awarding Indian degrees. Hence, hundreds of students face an uncertain future as far as higher education is concerned.
Important higher education hubs in India, including Delhi University and Kurukshetra University, are refusing admission to students who passed out from EIILM’s Mauritius campus for their prestigious post graduate courses.
And, important players in Mauritian politics appear to be embroiled in the higher education fracas. Last month, the Mauritian parliament was informed by education minister Rajesh Jeetah that even the degree being given to students “was an Indian degree coming from the Indian counterpart”.
Incidentally, the minister’s brother Sunil Jeetah is the sole owner of EIILM’s campus in Mauritius.
For its part, India’s tertiary education authority, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had clearly told EIILM that its off-shore campus in Mauritius was illegal and needed to be closed immediately.
HRD ministry officials in India expressed shock, stating that even institutes that have set up off-shore campus legally are not allowed to give Indian degrees. The regulation bans Indian degrees on foreign soil and is very clear on this count, admitted a senior HRD official.
In the meantime, awarding Indian degrees has cleared another complication with a memorandum of understanding being entered into between the Association of Indian Universities and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of Mauritius.
Signed during the recent visit of HRD minister MM Pallam Raju to Mauritius, the MoU provides for mutual recognition of higher education qualification by respective higher education awarding bodies.
A senior official of the TEC said that the MoU was signed with the hope that AIU will be able to recognize EIILM degrees. However, the measure has failed to bring expected results as the TEC itself did not know that the degree given out is Indian.
HRD ministry officials from India said AIU will not be able to recognize degrees given by EIILM’s off-shore campus as the campus itself was illegal.
Source: The Times of India