To come to a final decision on the status of 44 Deemed Universities which were kept under scanner after they were blacklisted by the Tandon Committee, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has scheduled a special meeting, which will held on 11 and 12 March 2014.
This special meeting conducted by UGC’S full commission is to mull over all the reports once again including the Tandon committee report, the UGC committee report and the report of the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s officers committee headed by its secretary Ashok Thakur, as informed by UGC vice chairman H Devaraj.
Furthermore, questionnaires have also been sent to all the blacklisted 44 Universities to know why they wish to continue as Deemed Universities, and not to run as colleges.
The fate of the university will be decided by UGC after considering all the replies to the questionnaires and other reports, followed by the decision to be informed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, who will then further inform that decision to the Supreme Court, told UGC Chairman.
Ministry of Human Resource Development had set up a PN Tandon Committee In 2009, after following a Supreme Court order in a PIL.
The committee had inspected 126 Deemed to be Universities spread across the country followed by classifying them in 3 different categories, A, B and C. During that inspection the committee had also assessed these 44 institutions on the basis of 9 judging parameters including conformity to UGC guidelines, aspects of governance, innovation in teaching, research output and impact and doctoral and research programmes and these institutes were put into the category C.
Seeing this, the UGC had conducted a direct enquiry and the Centre created a review committee, which was headed by Tandon, and another officers committee headed by its Secretary, Ashok Thakur.