Maintain status quo on deemed universities: SC

Maintain status quo on deemed universities: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Union government to maintain status quo on 44 deemed universities, which are facing derecognition, and assured the students that their universities will not be disqualified without a fair hearing and due consideration.

The court promised, “Nothing will happen to students or the deemed universities in question without hearing them.’’

The government informed the apex court on 18 January that it had decided to derecognize these 44 universities for being run as family fiefdoms and not meeting requisite standards.

In a bid to assuage students’ anxiety, human resource and development minister Kapil Sibal assured on 19 January that not a single student would be adversely affected by the decision and all the students would get a degree. The court on Monday also issued notices to all the 44 universities to file their response to the government’s decision to derecognize them.

At the same time, the court asked the University Grants Commission to place its earlier report, on the basis of which the ministry had accorded deemed status to these institutions.

The government, meanwhile, has said it will file a fresh affidavit in court explaining what course of action it would take against the 44 universities.