Students Will Get Degree, though Deemed Varsities Have to Go: Sibal

A day after the Centre moved an affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking re-cognition of 44 deemed universities, human resource development minister Kapil Sibal has said that the concept of deemed universities will be done away with in India, assuring that students currently in deemed universities would not suffer, reported IANS.

“It is a policy decision that all the deemed universities will finally go,” Sibal was quoted as saying at the 10th Editor’s Conference on social sector issues in New Delhi. “The concept of deemed universities from the country will go in the near future and this is part of the reform process. We are putting in place the required legislations.”

At the same time, the minister assured that students currently in deemed university would not suffer.

“Technically, we haven’t de-recognised any deemed university. We have moved the Supreme Court with an affidavit and a report by the expert committee on deemed universities. Let me assure, no student will suffer,” he said.

The minister made these remarks a day after the Centre submitted an affidavit in the apex court stating that 44 varsities should be stripped of deemed university status.

“We are going to take care of all students. And government’s intention is not to put any student in problem. All students will get a university degree,” Sibal said.

He said that the union government had accepted recommendations of the committee on de-recognition of 44 deemed universities.

“The court will tell us what course of action we will take,” Sibal added.

The country has nearly 100 deemed universities that function as stand-alone universities but don’t give affiliation to other institutions.

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