44 institutions to lose deemed university status

44 institutions to lose deemed university status

New Delhi: The Union government has decided to withdraw the so-called deemed university status from 44 institutions in the country, the government said in the Supreme Court on Monday.

The status allows institutes greater freedom from government control.

The institutes “were being run as family fiefdoms rather than on academic considerations", the government said in an affidavit.

The affiliated colleges of these universities will revert to their original universities and would thus avoid jeopardizing the future of nearly 200,000 students enrolled in these institutions, the government said.

The affidavit was based on recommendations made by a committee headed by P.N. Tandon and a special task force constituted by the Union government to suggest measures. The review committee found that the 44 deemed universities had an estimated 119,363 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 2,124 students pursuing research in MPhil and PhD programmes. As many as an estimated 74,808 students are pursuing distance education from these institutes.

The affidavit also said the Union government is in the process of finalizing a draft legislation to regulate the entry and operations of foreign educational institutions in India.

The 44 institutions included three state-sponsored universities—National Museum Institute of the History of Art Conservation and Museology in New Delhi, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, and Nava Nalanda Mahavira in Nalanda, Bihar.

The privately run deemed-universities in the list include Christ College in Bangalore, Lingaya’s University in Faridabad, Haryana, and Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, among others.