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UGC Seeks Dropping of 8 More from ‘Deemed University Status’; SC to Hear Plea Tomorrow

The UGC has recommended removal of the deemed university status for 8 more universities due to poor academic output and not worthy of the status conferred upon them. Four of them are from Tamil Nadu, two in rajasthan, one in UP and another in Haryana.

They are Bharat University, Chennai; PRIST University, Thanjavur; Vinayak Missions University, Salem; Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai; Sobhit University, Meerut; Janardan Rai Nagar University, Udaipur; Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Sardarshahr; and Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala.

So far, 41 universities or institutions have been declared “unworthy” of the deemed tag by the Tandon committee set up by the HRD ministry in 2009. the UGC panel approved the committe recommendations on Tuesday in a meeting convened by UGC vice-chairman H. Devraj.

The four-member committee, which also included two professors, Sanjya Dhade and V.S. Chauhan, both UGC members, and Amita Sharma, an additional secretary in the HRD ministry till last month, went through presentations by each of the 41 institutions.

Apart from the eight, the remaining 33 may continue with their deemed status, the committee said. The review took place on recommendations of the Supreme Court, which had directed the government to seek comments from the UGC on what should be done with them. Now the HRD ministry will place the recommendations before the Supreme Court, which is likely to hear the matter on Wednesday.

Two of the eight deemed universities have already filed interlocutory application before the court not to accept the panel findings, which did not inspect any of the 41 institutions but prepared the report merely based on their presentations.


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