Centre to Strip 44 Universities of ‘Deemed’ Status

The Centre has decide to scrap deemed status to as many as 44 universities in the country, for they were found running as family fiefdoms rather than on academic considerations, said reports.

While intimating the Supreme Court about its decision through an affidavit, the union government, however, said that around two lakhs students of these universities spread over 13 states would be allowed to revert back as affiliated colleges of their original universities so that their career should not get spoilt, said reports.

The HRD Ministry submitted the affidavit to the apex court regarding government’s decision after accepting recommendations made by the high-powered PN Tandon Committee and the Special Task Force set up to find measures to tackle the problem.

“The Review Committee came across several aberrations in the functioning of some of the institutions deemed to be universities. It found undesirable management architecture where families rather than professional academics controlled the functioning of institutions,” the affidavit said.

Centre also revealed most of these 44 deemed universities were offering post-graduate and undergraduate courses that are ‘fragmented with concocted nomenclatures’ and seats ‘disproportionately’ increased beyond the actual intake capacity, said reports.

(Based on internet reports)

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