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MHRD constitutes panel to review UGC Deemed University Regulation 2010

The Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Government of India has constituted a 10 member committee to
review UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010. The committee
has been formed to examine the provisions of the Regulations as well as the
anomalies or infirmities in the regulations. It will also suggest ways for
entry of foreign higher education institutions in India.

The committee includes Prof. PN
Tandon Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurosurgery AIIMS, Prof. Goverdhan
Mehta, National Research Professor and former Chairman, NAAC & former
Director, IISc Bangalore, Prof. M. Anandakrishan Chairman, IIT Kanpur and
Directors and Vice Chancellors of various institutions across India. Joint Secretary (Higher Education) MHRD will be the Convener and Joint
Secretary, UGC is co-convener.

The Committee had its first meeting
in the last week of May and after detailed discussion about the process and the
key issues to be addressed. It decided to broaden the base consultation process
by seeking feedback on the UGC Regulations (for institutions Deemed to
Universities) 2010 from the stakeholders and those familiar with the
implementation of the regulations. In order to seek written representations
with feedback and opinion, the Committee placed its Terms of Reference (ToR)
along with Regulations on the website of MHRD and the UGC.

The committee will examine various
provisions of the Regulation 2010 with reference to the objectives with which
these Regulations were notified. The objective of the committee to find whether
there are any anomalies or infirmities in the Regulations vis-à-vis any other policy/rules/regulations applicable to the higher education sector and suggest
suitable amendments. To examine the provisions of the regulations vis-à-vis the
need to regulate institutions as deemed to be universities so that while
institutions deemed to be universities maintaining high academic standards are encouraged
to expand and exercise autonomy, whereas those maintaining average academic
standards are regulated and motivated to enhance academic standards to protect
academic interests of students.

Committee has also been entrusted
with the responsibility to examine and suggest measures to ensure independent
quality assurances of institutions-deemed to be universities thereby reducing
the need for inspection-based approval regimes along with to examine the
difficulties encountered by niche institutions established by the Central
Government in the implementation of UGC (Institutions deemed to be
Universities) Regulations, 2010 and suggest suitable modifications. It has to
also find out the difficulties, if any, encountered in the implementation of
these Regulations and to suggest suitable modifications to remove the
difficulties.

The Committee will also examine
and make provision for foreign universities ranked amongst the best in academia
and intending to open campuses in India to be recognized as institutions deemed
to be universities.

IER Staff

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