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In furtherance of the directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 21stJanuary 2014 in Writ Petition No: 142 of 2006 [Viplav Sharma v/s Union of India], UGC has decided to constitute a 4 member Committee to undertake assessment of the 41 Category ‘C’ Institutions Deemed to be Universities.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India while hearing the petitions challenging the findings of Tandon Committee in its Order dated 21st January 2014 had directed UGC to examine all the reports concerning Deemed Universities including Report of Tandon Committee, Report of the Officers of MHRD and so also of UGC. It also directed UGC to grant hearing to the affected Deemed Universities and thereafter decide on the status of C Category Deemed Universities within 8 weeks from the date of the Order.

UGC had later sent questionnaires to the C Category Deemed Universities and sought report from all the concerned Universities. UGC also approached Supreme Court to invoke its powers under Regulation 16 and 17 of the UGC [Institutions Deemed to be Universities] Regulations, 2010 and sought extension of time as laid down in Order dated 21st January 2014. The Apex Court in its Order dated 5th May 2014 granted UGC time till 31st July to submit report in respect of C Category Deemed Universities.

UGC while discussing this issue on 13th June 2014 decided to constitute a Committee comprising of 1. Prof. H. Devaraj, Vice-Chairman, UGC … Chairman 2] Prof. Sanjay Dhande, Member, UGC … Member 3] Prof. V.S. Chauhan Member, UGC … Member and 4] Mrs. Amita Sharma, Additional Secretary … Member (as nominee of the MHRD) to undertake assessment of the 41 Category ‘C’ Institutions Deemed to be Universities.

All the 41 C Category Deemed to be Universities shall appear before the Committee to make a video presentation of their institution and to respond to any queries. The Commission will assess the presentation of each Deemed to be University and arrive at reasoned conclusion.

EduLegaL View:

Is UGC doing the same mistake, as was done by Tandon Committee? The main allegation against Tandon Committee was that it was an ARM CHAIR REPORT prepared on basis of Power Point Presentation and Speech Skills and not inspection / visit to the Campus of the Universities. UGC had approached Supreme Court seeking extension of time with the plea to inspect the Deemed Universities. Where is that inspection? UGC should inspect the Campuses and then submit a Report. A Report prepared on basis of Power Point Presentation and Speech Skills generally cannot reflect the true position.

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