Deemed universities: Plea for common admission test

Published: 08th February 2013 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2013 10:49 AM   |  A+A-

The High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Union government, University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education on a petition against the authorities’ failure to discharge their statutory obligations under the UGC and AICTE Acts to conduct All India Common Entrance Examination for all the Deemed Universities in the country.

Justice R Subhash Reddy was dealing with a petition by Vidya Samsthala Sankshema Samithi, represented by its chairman KVK Rao and two others, stating that the UGC Act and the AICTE Act mandate all the Deemed Universities, which  impart technical education, have to conduct a common entrance test at the national level to admit students.

The petitioners alleged that none of the deemed universities in the country was  enforcing the Acts butauthorities were collecting exorbitant fee from varsities in violation of the provisions of the UGC Act and AICTE Act.

They urged the court to grant a direction that the authorities shall conduct an All India Common Entrance Examination for admission of students to Deemed Universities and shall regulate fixation of higher fees collected by the deemed Universities contrary to the fee prescribed by the statutory committee.

The judge directed the respondents to file their counter affidavits within three weeks.

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