UGC takes a upper hand while looking to sanction more “deemed” varsities. The new restrictions are that the family members / relatives founding the university will be barred from chairing the varsity. Also the varisty now has to come of age before being declared as deemed (to be) university.
Well, the same reasons have been applied to some of the 44 varsities notified and while rest of them have been left unntoiced – few of them have voiced their concern over this restrictions.
- Why ?
This would have been regulated in order to make the admission process more transparent. Kinda more user friendly!
- And why not?
Who will be ready to loose the status of being a chairman and the post’s financial importance! Also the efforts of a person should be taken into account – while s/he did hard work into making a institution from nothing to a (deemed) varsity. This lefts him / her to get to nowhere after such a dedication! which on his part would be injustice.
As per the new UGC (Institutions Deemed-to-be Universities) Regulations 2010, notified on May 21, the chancellor of a deemed university, appointed by the sponsoring society or trust, will have to be an eminent educationalist or a distinguished public figure other than the president of the sponsoring society or his/her relative. The chancellor can be a member of neither the society nor the trust.
Conveying their reservations over this provision to Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, the managements of several private institutions run by registered societies and trusts and granted the ‘deemed-to-be university’ status by the UGC pointed out that it would be a disincentive to philanthropic groups interested in setting up new educational institutions when the country actually needed more.
Among those who have voiced their concern are the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani; Manipal University; Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT); and Symbiosis University, Pune — all deemed universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act.
While Symbiosis University, a registered society, has written to Mr. Sibal, VIT and Manipal University, both registered as trusts, and BITS, also a registered society, have conveyed their reservations.
The new guidelines were issued with a view to plugging deficiencies detected in the recent review of deemed universities, which indicated that such institutions functioned as family ‘fiefdoms.’