The new regulations for the deemed universities in the country has been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under which there will be no bar on number of off campus centres of the deemed university institutes, but they will have to assure about the quality of each of the centres. Under the new guidelines, the UGC and HRD Ministry will get a time of seven months for processing the applications received to set up deemed universities or new centres.
The new guidelines was issued by the union HRD minister Smrit Irani recently through a press conference. She also mentioned clearly that there will be no capitation fees allowed in the deemed universities and they will not be able to charge more than Rs. 10000 at the time of counseling from the students.
Previously the students had been asked by few universities to pay the full fees of any particular course resulting in failure of recovering the same if the candidates could not carry on with their studies. The new guidelines will also make sure that there is no cap on the number of off-campus centres for the deemed universities and institutes but there should be quality of highest order for better education. Such institutions will be inspected by the expert committees from time to time. The institutes will be videotaped and uploaded on the website within 24 hours of the inspection.
The new guidelines also allowed the power to the person who establishes a Deemed University to enjoy the post of Chancellor or Pro Chancellor. The deemed universities will also be able to open up new departments related to core educational areas and they will not have to ask for permission from the regulator for the same. The guidelines also allowed setting up off-campus centres abroad but they will have to seek permission from the Ministry of Home and External Affairs for the same. The off-campus centre requests, which have not been permitted in the past for various reasons, would also be looked into and moved forward.