The Supreme Court has asked the University Grants Commission to examine all those reports which are associated to 44 deemed Universities who currently have an unrecognized tag on them.
Supreme Court’s bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Vikramjit Sen on 21 January advised the central government to decide on the status of those 44 varsities within the following 2 months.
It is allegedly said about those 4 Universities to have poor academic standard and infrastructure. Hence, after inspection and examination by UGC if any varsity found to have poor academic level and standard then that University may not have ‘deemed University status’ anymore.
Among 44, 3 Universities belong to Maharashtra: Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Pune; Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad in Satara district and D Y Patil Medical College, Kolhapur.
The UGC will examine the 2009 filed HRD ministry's P N Tandon committee Report, which asked for the said 44 Universities for de-recognition. The other report that UGC will review include the one filed in October 2011 by a 3 member officers committee which was headed by the then HRD secretary Ashok Thakur. He conducted a fresh inspection adhering to the apex court directives. In addition, UGC has conducted an inspection of its own followed by compiling a report.
The bench has also given the liberty to the Universities to raise objections if any, against the reports. The bench stated cleared in its 7 page order that the advice of the UGC is not binding on the Centre however, due weight will be given as UGC is an expert statutory authority.
P N Tondon committee report was submitted in 2009, in which the panel listed 38 institutions as meeting the academic standards and worthy of continuing with their deemed university status while another 44 institution out of total of 126 deemed universities was given a chance to improve within next 3 years.
The remaining 44 universities were de-recognized by HRD as they were listed among those with a recommendation for de-recognition of their deemed status in the report.