SC Orders Review of Centre’s Move to Blacklist 44 Varsities
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to take a relook at the proposed action against the 44 deemed universities, which were sought to be blacklisted, after seeking the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Passing the order, a Bench of Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramajit Sen ordered the University Grants Commission to scour all the reports relating to the varsities’ failure to fulfil the criteria within two months and submit its recommendation to the Centre, which will take the final call.
“We feel it appropriate to give a direction to the University Grants Commissionto examine all the reports, with notice to all the 44 institutions concerned. Institutions are free to raise their objections against the reports and the University Grants Commission has to consider the same and take an independent decision in accordance with law, if necessary, after affording a hearing, within a period of two months from today (on Wednesday).
“The University Grants Commission then has to tender its advice to the Centre (along) with its report. Needless to say, the advice of the University Grants Commission is not binding on the Union of India but has to be given due weightage since the University Grants Commission is an expert statutory authority,” the court observed.
The Bench, however, made it clear that it had not given its approval to any of the reports pertaining to the varsities and it was for the UGC to take a decision based on them.
The nine parameters on which the 44 institutions were tested, included conformity to the UGC guidelines; aspects of governance; innovations in teaching; research output and impact; doctoral and research programmes; faculty resources, admission process and awarding of degrees among others.
Some of the prominent names in the list of the deemed varsities facing action are the Tamil Nadu-based Rajiv Gandhi National Youth Development Institute and Vinayaka Mission; Nalanda Mahavihara in Bihar; National Museum Institute of History, Art,Conservation and Museology in New Delhi; Gurukul Kangri in Haridwar; MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai; D Y Patil Medical College in Maharashtra; Jaypee Institute of Information Technology at Noida; Manav Rachna International University and Lingaya’s University in Faridabad.