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Petition seeks new guidelines for deemed varsities

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Legal Correspondent

Court issues notice to Centre, UGC

All sorts of institutions seeking status Safeguards bypassed End conferring status arbitrarily

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the University Grants Commission on a public interest petition seeking a direction to them to lay down new guidelines for declaring an institution deemed university.

A Bench consisting of Justices Ruma Pal, Dalveer Bhandari and Markandey Katju issued the notice on a petition filed by advocate Vipalav Sharma, who said the deemed university status was being sought by all sorts of institutions, which had no infrastructure, facilities or qualified staff.

Proliferation

The trend of establishing deemed universities had increased and there were about 100 of them now. New developments in education were being exploited commercially, bypassing all safeguards including approval by the State Governments, the All-India Council for Technical Education, the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India.

In the last few years a number of professional colleges had obtained the deemed university status and were misusing it.

The petitioner said certain deemed universities, after getting the status for one college, brought sister institutions within its fold with scant regard for guidelines, excellence, infrastructure and standards. This led to unrest in a few deemed universities in Tamil Nadu in the last one month.

Contending that the respondents were according the status arbitrarily, the petitioner sought a direction that they confer it only on institutions, which produced high quality research papers and professionals of global acceptability. He also wanted a direction issued to immediately publish in newspapers the names of unauthorised centres run by deemed universities so that students would not fall prey.

See online : The Hindu

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