Deemed Varsities Row: SC Asks HRD Ministry To Set-Up 3 Member Panel

New Delhi: A three member committee was set-up by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on Monday over the deemed-to-be-universities row. The committee is set to examine the functioning of these deemed universities as well as suggest an ‘oversight’ and ‘regulatory mechanism’ within four months.


The Supreme Court had ordered to set-up the panel headed by former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narasimhan Reddy. The correspondence engineering courses were quashed by the apex court on November 3, 2017 offered since 2001 by four deemed universities — JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education in Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute and Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu.


The University Grants Commission (UGC) was berated by the apex court in the above order for not being able to regulate the deemed varsities. The court then ordered the government to bring on board a panel comprising “eminent members who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level” within a month. The panel shall suggest a regulatory mechanism and examine the issues related to distance education and deemed universities.


The other two members of the committee are AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, additional secretary at HRD Ministry. Their action plan is to submit its suggestions in four months while the court has directed the ministry to take action based on the report within a month of its submission.


An affidavit will be filed by the government in Supreme Court informing it about the action taken on or before August 31, 2018.

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