The Centre’s stand was opposed by a group of private deemed universities which said the government could not lay down any criteria as there was no such rule and it could not be done through executive action. The bench, after hearing their contention, asked the government to respond to their objections within three weeks.
In the meantime, UGC told the bench that as per the court’s direction, it had conducted physical verification of eight universities and found them deficient. Additional solicitor general Maninder Singh said UGC has given seven of the eight universities one more year to remove the deficiencies in infrastructure and lack of faculty.
The court had asked UGC to inspect Maharishi Markandeshwar University in Ambala, Manav Rachna International University in Faridabad, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education in Churu (Rajasthan), Academy of Maritime Education and Training in Chennai, Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research in Chennai, Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology (PRIST) in Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation in Salem (Tamil Nadu) and Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar.
Forty-one deemed universities are under judicial scrutiny for allegedly failing to fulfill various criteria required for recognition. The court had asked UGC to conduct physical verification of eight of them after they agreed to it.
Source: The Times of India