Deemed varsities contest HRD power – IExpress

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.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. M Ramesh says:

    In the UGC compliance report published in the webpages of a deemed univ carries the faculties who have left or resigned as on 04th feb 2010. people holding the office of registrar or VC must be fair, honest and justify their statements given in the compliance report or the data given in the questionnaire to the MHRD

  2. Hi Sekhar,
    Good yaar somebody is concerned about DUs. What will students like us do? Yesterday they said there was a hearing but no news in press so far. Govt is not bothered, media is not bothered, ye jeena bhi koi jeenaa hai sekhar?
    Madcap Topiwalla

    1. shekharonline says:

      HI, They say there are about 150+ Deemed Universities approved. only 44 have been yet named, may be rest will also follow. They cannot be biased towards one side, a thumb rule needs to be created. Else education will become (or say has been already b’come) a child’s play. First approve these and then put them in blacklist! anyhow now they (44 DU) are fighting together, the thing is if they fight on sole basis may take generations for the cases to have a result.


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