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Centre bars JNU, Delhi University, IIT-D from receiving foreign funds

The registration of these institutions under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) has been cancelled by the Home Ministry as these have failed to file their annual returns for 5 yrs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Photo of Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.
Photo of Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.

Prominent academic institutions like JNU, University, Delhi, ICAR besides Bar Association are among several hundred organisations barred by the Centre from receiving foreign funds.

The registration of these institutions under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) has been cancelled by the Union Home Ministry as these have failed to file their annual returns for five consecutive years.


No organisation is allowed to receive funds from abroad unless it is registered under the It is mandatory under the for such organisations to submit and expenditure statement to the annually else their registration is cancelled.

Among the institutions whose licence have been cancelled include Jawaharlal Nehru University, University Of Delhi, Open University, Indian Institute Of Technology, Delhi, Panjab University, Indian Council Of Agricultural Research, Gargi College, and Lady Irwin College, Delhi, according to the documents accessed by PTI.

Other organisations whose registration were cancelled include Bar Association, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, School Of Planning & Architecture, and FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation.

The Doon School Old Boys Association, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Delhi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, Dr Ram Monohar Lohia International Trust, Co-ordinating Voluntary Adoption Resource Agency have also been barred from receiving donations from abroad and their registrations cancelled.

The registration of the Bombay Diocesan Society, University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, Institute of Child Health, Bangalore, Shri Charitable Trust, Gujarat and Sri Satya Sai Trust were also cancelled by the home ministry.

The action came after the organisations failed to file the returns for five consecutive years, 2010-11 to 2014-15, despite serving repeated notices, a home ministry official said.

In May, as a one-time measure, all NGOs were given an opportunity for one month to file their missing annual returns by June 14 without paying any penalty. Email and SMS alerts were also sent to them regularly for one month beginning mid- May, the official said.

The organisations were asked to furnish their replies, if any, by July 23, failing which, the ministry had said, it would be presumed that they have nothing to say and action as proposed would be taken as per

According to the FCRA, the renewal of registration for receiving foreign funds cannot be granted unless the annual returns are uploaded on the website by the organisation.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 08:28 IST
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