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HRD to Decide the Fate of 41 Unfit Deemed Universities

Oct 16, 2014 15:17 IST

    As a result of UGC report the status of 41 deemed universities had earlier failed to safeguard their status of being deemed and the ultimate decision about their fate in future has now came into the hands of HRD ministry. The ministry has to look into the matter keeping in mind the recommendations of the UGC report and also the judgments that are coming right from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has already ordered a physical verification of infrastructure and academic quality of seven of the marked 41 deemed universities.

    The UGC report has mentioned that among the 41 universities only 7 should be stripped of from their deemed university status and the remaining 34 can enjoy the status for the time being. But the ministry would like to scrutinize all the 41 universities as they were all found unfit to have the deemed university status by the Tandon Committee in 2009. It would be a letdown for the ministry if these universities continue to function without any action being taken on them. The ministry is viewing all the reports that have come out till date through Tandon Committee Report (2009), Officers Committee (2011) and the latest UGC report.

    The HRD ministry could also formulate some committees to carry out physical verification of these universities as ordered by the Supreme Court and do not directly abide by the recommendations made by UGC to let the other 34 universities carry their proceedings as deemed universities. Accepting to the norms of UGC to allow 34 deemed universities to function without any hindrance would defeat the very purpose of Tandon Committee which was formed to establish clean higher education without corruption in the facilities within the universities.

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