Friday, 7 February 2014

Supreme Court orders UGC to examine status of 44 de-recognized deemed universities in two months......

Supreme Court orders UGC to examine status of 44 de-recognized deemed universities in two months......

The Supreme Court of India has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to examine the academic standard of 44 institutions said to have poor academic standard. The court also ordered the commission to advice the central government on the status of these universities in the next two months.

A bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramajit Sen said it was only concerned with the legality of the continuance of deemed university status with respect to the 44 institutions.

If the respective institutes are found to have academic standards and infrastructure far below the expected level, the institutes are in risk of losing their deemed university status.

The apex court in its order said that there was "some conflict" between the report prepared by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and that of the Prof. P.N. Tandon committee, reported India Today.

Noting that there were three reports - one by the Tandon committee, another by the UGC and still another by the committee of officers, the SC said that the UGC "had no occasion to examine" the Tandon report and the other report has not been placed before the UGC.

The court said the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010, enables both the central government and the UGC to inspect the institutions which are deficient in terms of academic standards and infrastructure.

It also directed the UGC to examine both Tandon's and the other report.

The court said institutions were "free to raise their objections against the reports" and the UGC has to consider the same and take a decision in accordance with the law...


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