The University Grant Commission(UGC) got serious thrashing from the Supreme Court over lethargic conduct of physical verification of infrastructure and faculty strength at the deemed universities which were black-listed recently by a committee that was appointed by the centre.
The UGC has not yet submitted any reports on the seven deemed universities that were blacklisted by the committee formed by the centre and the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Vikramajit Sen asked the UGC that, “Why are you moving on in a snail’s pace. UGC is not waking up. You are a statutory body but unfortunately you are not doing your statutory duty. There is a need for you to come out of the slumber.”
The Additional solicitor General Maninder Singh from UGC’s side was trying to explain the circumstances under which the delay in physical verification happened and on return the remarks were made by the bench. Maninder Singh pointed out that there was a need to modify the apex court order as the commission cannot go the way P N Tandon Committee made categorization of the deemed universities like “A”, “B” and “C” depending on the fulfillment of criteria. The UGC has powers to conduct the inspection and after seeking response from the universities utmost it can submit its report with the centre, which ultimately would need to express its views before the apex court.
In next one week, the Ministry of Human Resources Developments is expected to place its view to the apex court about these universities and the bench has fixed the hearing date to be on February 23. The bench made it clear that the same order would be effective for all the other 34 such universities which have been physically verified and have been found not to meet the criteria of being called as deemed universities in the country.