JNU, DU, SC Bar Association lose foreign funding licence
Taking strong action on foreign fundin, the Union Home Ministry has barred several organisation from receiving money from abroad. Several prominent institutions fall under the list and they include the JNU, DU, IIT-Delhi among others.
The Union Home Ministry has cancelled their registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) as they have reportedly failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.
The rules mandate the organisations wanting to receive foreign funds have to submit their annual income and expenditure statements to the government. In the case of educational institutions, it would need to have an FCRA registration number to receive donations from its alumni based abroad.
The other organisations whose licences have been revoked are the Supreme Court Bar Association, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Panjab University, Gargi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, School Of Planning & Architecture (Delhi) and FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation.
The list also features the Doon School Old Boys Association, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College (Delhi), Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia International Trust, Co-ordinating Voluntary Adoption Resource Agency, Bombay Diocesan Society, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Karnataka), Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (Bengaluru), Shri Mahatma Gandhi Charitable Trust (Gujarat) and Sri Satya Sai Trust.
The Home Ministry says that the decision was taken after these organisations/institutions failed to file their returns despite repeated notices. It was found that the returns were not filed for the consecutive years 2010-11 to 2014-15.