UGC can impose conditions to improve deemed universities’ quality: HC

University Grants Commission has the right to continuously impose conditions to make deemed universities maintain their quality as institutions of higher learning, ruled Madras High Court bench.

The ruling came after Justice K Chandru dismissed petitions filed by 14 deemed to be Universities and Tamil Nadu Deemed Universities Association challenging the UGC (institutions to be deemed Universities) Regulations 2010.

The rules aim at improving quality of education by reducing involvement of family members in managing institutions.The court said the concept of the trust founder or founder having power to bring his family members does not arise having established a trust or society.

“Once a trust is established, the role of founder is not of a proprietor but to maintain the objectives and ideals for which the trust is formed. The founder is only a trustee and not proprietor,” said the court.

Jusitce Chandru rejected the argument that family members of the founder, who has invested a huge amount in building the institution, could not be prevented from holding the post of chancellors and pro chancellors. 

“Control by family members will negate the very purpose of learning and jeopardise autonomy of the Institutions, besides leading to an undesirable result as found out by a review committee appointed by the Centre,” he said.

The petitioners were aggrieved by the rule that the chancellor should be an eminent educationist, and there shall be no pro chancellor. The admission of students should be made only on merit basis on an all India examination and fee structure must be fixed in accordance with fee rules framed by the Centre.

[Source: Indian Express]

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