UGC considered report submitted by its Sub-Committee headed by vice-chairman H. Devraj that examined the 41 Deemed Universities, which were de-recognised by the HRD Ministry, following Report of Tandon Committee.
The Sub-Committee has upgraded 34 of the Deemed University and has recommended that either some of them satisfy the criterion of being a Deemed University or some of them, though can continue to be a Deemed University, needs to take certain corrective steps.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 21.01.2014 had directed UGC to examine all the reports including Tandon Committee Report and submit report within 8 Weeks. However, Supreme Court extended the time line from time on request from UGC.
Later on request from UGC to visit all the concerned Universities, Supreme Court again extended the time. However, UGC dropped the idea of the visit and constituted a 4 member committee to examine into the Reports and also to call for presentation and information from the aggrieved Deemed Universities.
Some of the Deemed University later challenged this approach of UGC before Supreme Court and UGC has been directed to file its reply. The matter will be heard today in Supreme Court.
Whatever happens, some light to many after years of darkness, the argument may continue!