Less than an hour remains for all the deemed to be universities to follow the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive to drop the ‘University’ title from their names. The apex education regulator has put the declaration on its website which asks for compliance to its orders by 4 p.m. today.
“Failure to comply with these directions would amount to violation of the UGC (lnstitutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016 and necessary action would be initiated against the Institution Deemed to be University in accordance with Clause 22.0 of these Regulations which may include recommending withdrawal of the declaration notifying the institution as an Institution Deemed to be University to the Central Government,” says the notification signed by P.K. Thakur, Secretary, UGC.
The Commission has asked 123 such universities to look for an alternative title usage after the directions from the Supreme Court.
Bengaluru’s Christ University becomes the first varsity to follow UGC’s directive to drop university title from their names.
Some of these institutes, according to reports, include Pune’s Symbiosis International University, Jain University. The KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, JN Medical College Campus, Belagavi and Manipal Academy of Higher Education are also, the reports stated, among the institutes on the list.
As per the representatives of the institutions, such a move shall affect the brand image of their institution and shall lead to confusion among students/guardians on the issue of them being autonomous/ affliated institutions or degree-awarding institutions.
The SC observed in this context, “All that the UGC Act does is to confer deemed to be university status on an institution which has achieved excellence in its chosen field so that its development in the concerned field and its attempts to attain excellence and conduct research are not hampered on any count and at the same time it could be extended the facilities of Aid.
It is precisely for this that the distinction between a regular university established under a Central, Provincial or State Act and an Institution Deemed to be University is maintained in the UGC Act. A deemed to be university can certainly award degrees but, cannot use the word ‘university’ by virtue of Section 23 of the UGC Act.”