UGC to Review 44 Deemed Universities' Fate - The New Indian Express

UGC to Review 44 Deemed Universities' Fate

Published: 04th March 2014 11:37 AM

Last Updated: 04th March 2014 11:37 AM

The fate of the 44 Deemed to be Universities, which were blacklisted by the Tandon committee, will be decided by the University Grants Commission at its special meeting to be held on March 11 and 12.

“The special meeting of the UGC’s full commission considered all the reports — 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,” UGC vice chairman H Devaraj said.

 “We have also sent questionnaires to the 44 Universities asking why they wanted to continue as Deemed Universities, why they could not function as colleges. The UGC will consider all the reports and the reply from the 44 institutions and take a decision, which will be informed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The MHRD will then inform its decision to the Supreme Court,” he added.

In 2009, following a Supreme Court order in a PIL, the Ministry of Human Resource Development set up the PN Tandon committee, which inspected 126 Deemed to be Universities in the country and classified them in three categories, A, B and C. The committee evaluated these 44 institutions based on nine parameters including conformity to UGC guidelines, aspects of governance, innovation in teaching, research output and impact and doctoral and research programmes.

 The 38 institutions listed in A category were recommended as worthy of continuing with their status, and 44 institutions in B category need improvement. The committee recommended another 44 Universities in the C category, including 16 in Tamil Nadu, for de-recognition of their status.

The UGC directly conducted an enquiry and the Central government constituted a review committee headed by Tandon and another committee of officers headed by its Secretary Ashok Thakur.

In January, the SC Bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Vikramajit Sen in their judgment directed the UGC to examine all the reports on blacklisted 44 Deemed to be Universities on their failure to fulfil the criteria within two months and gave its advice to the Central government which will take a final decision on this issue.

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