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27 February 2024

Pune University’s UAE campus defers admissions

By Joseph George

The Pune University’s UAE campus operating out of Ras Al Khaima has deferred all admissions, pending accreditation by the Ministry of Education, sources in the university has revealed.

The institute has been offering MBA programmes – both regular and executive - certified by the Pune University.

But admissions have been stopped. “We will not take any more students. We have applied for accreditation,” said one official from the institute.

Currently three batches of students are pursuing their MBA degrees at the institute in Ras Al Khaima. “Two of them are for the executive programme, for which the classes are held on the weekend. The other batch of 12 students are for the regular MBA and daily classes are held. We have arranged transport facilities from Dubai,” the official added.

Several Dubai based institutes had to move out of the emirate following a new guideline from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, that barred institutes offering distance education programmes from various universities to operate in Dubai. KHDA has been insisting that Universities themselves start an offshore campus manned by university staff.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, the Vice Chancellor of Pune University has expressed doubts about the continuation of its association with the UAE-based institute following no new admissions for 2010 and 2011.

Vice-Chancellor RK Shevgaonkar is reported to have told Indian media that Edulink, the strategic partner of the varsity for the Ras-Al- Khaimah (RAK) campus and responsible for admissions had not managed to enroll students for any course last year.

The 47 students studying in three batches will pass out in September this year.