WTH, seems Indian express guys need an IT update. Was unable to find this article OL so scanned it ….
IE, March 8, Print edition :
FACING the axe for not meeting the “standards of quality education”, several of the 44 blacklisted deemed-to-be institutions on Monday contested before the Supreme Court the authority of the HRD Ministry to derecognise them.
A Division Bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari heard senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for some of the varsities, who questioned the power of the ministry to derecognise institutions awarded deemed status – granted as recognition of excellence in academic standards -under the University Grants Commission Act, a parliamentary statute. In a packed courtroom, the senior counsel expressed doubt about the ministry’s decision to form a task force. “The government has no jurisdiction to set up a task force. It is against the mandate of the UGC Act. The whole procedure adopted by the government is without jurisdiction and illegal,” the lawyer submitted.
He drew the court’s attention to how the UGC had granted deemed recognition to the institutions initially for a five-year period, and continuation subject to review. “One particular university was derecognised within barely 28 days,” he alleged.
Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati again assured the court that no action would be taken against the 44 varsities without giving them a reasonable opportunity to be heard. The Bench was hearing a lawsuit questioning the government’s stance in according deemed university status to increasing number of educational institutions without caring for the academic standards.