HRD Ministry sends final notice to 44 deemed universities

The Human Resource Development Ministry has sent final notices to the 44 deemed universities that were found “unworthy” of the tag by P.N. Tandon review panel. Centre has asked all these universities to give a satisfactory explanation on the deficiencies pointed out by the review panel. Many of these universities have inadequate infrastructure and faculty and do not qualify for the deemed university status. This is the last chance for these institutes to retain their ‘deemed university’ status.

A source in the human resource ministry said the institutes had been issued notices and asked to submit within two weeks their views on each of their deficiencies pointed out by the four-member P.N. Tandon committee.

“Notices have been issued to the 44 deemed universities which have been found unworthy by the Tandon committee. They have been asked to comment on each of the deficiencies pointed out by the committee. They will submit their reports within two weeks,” said the source.

The source informed that the HRD Ministry will review the replies of these universities separately and then form its own view on what action to take.

The ministry sent formal notifications to the institutes almost a fortnight after the Centre agreed to reconsider the fate of the 44 and gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court that it would send individual notices to the institutes, grant them personal hearing and an opportunity for further representation.

The final decision on these institutes will be taken by the Supreme Court on May 3, 2011.

[Source: The Telegraph]
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