By Julius Odeke
National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) a body in charge with verifying institutions of higher learning in the country says Fairland University is not fit to award postgraduate degrees and honorary.
In a press release of Tuesday Jan 15, the senior legal and corporate affairs officer for NCHE says, “The position now is that Council will send a team to verify whether Fairland University has rectified the weaknesses stated in the notice of intention to revoke the license, where the report then will be acted upon.”
This comes following the miscellaneous cause No. 29 of 2009, where the then Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja now the Inspector General of government (IGG) dismissed the application with costs payable by Fairland University on several grounds one of which was that Council had not yet made the decision to revoke the license of Fairland University.
In 2009, NCHE issued a notice of intention to revoke the license of Fairland University. When a notice of intention to revoke the license of an institution is issued, the institution is given six months to rectify the weaknesses stated in the notice. Instead of rectifying its weaknesses stated in the notice, Fairland University went to court to seek an order to quash the decision of council to revoke its license.
“In the meantime, Fairland University continues to breach several provisions of the Universities and other tertiary institutions Act of 2001 as amended by: “Running academic programmes including distance programmes that have not been accredited by NCHE, awarding postgraduate degrees and honorary degrees which the university is not permitted to award under the law, and opening up of study centres that have not been endorsed by Council and are therefore illegal.”
NCHE therefore advises members of the public to seek guidance from NCHE before seeking any admission to any programme at Fairland University.