UGC Urges 123 Institutions To Drop ‘University’ Title; Its Official Says ‘Won’t Make Any Difference’

After the bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit decided to restrain all deemed universities from carrying out engineering degrees in distance education from the 2018-19 academic session, the University Grants Commission (UGC) directed 123 institutions to drop ‘university’ title from its names.

These institutions have been given a month’s time to implement the change that was brought to the notice of the UGC by the apex court.

Prof. Gopal Reddy, a member of the UGC told the Deccan Chronicle that, “Almost 99 per cent of these deemed-to-be universities are private institutions; they cannot even be called deemed universities. The word ‘university’ can only be used by state and central institutions, so there is a need to create a clear idea about the status of these institutions. There is freedom and facilities for these institutions, but they cannot use the word ‘university’.”

The Commission recently issued a letter saying, “It has come to our notice that many institutions which are conferred the status of Deemed to be Universities are using the word “University”, which in our view is opposed to the spirit of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The UGC shall take appropriate steps to stop such practice.”

The Supreme Court clarified that these institutions can award degrees but cannot use the word ‘University’ in its title. Prof Reddy too echoed a similar tone in the report by Deccan Chronicle and said that this move shall not affect the running of deemed to be universities in any manner.

Ravi Bhardwaj, a lawyer representing the case of deemed universities in court said that, “I am surprised to note that the Supreme Court feels that the Deemed Universities are unregulated, which is not the case, in fact they are the most regulated controlled segment.”

Following are the names of the institutes listed by the UGC:

1.Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam

  1. Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur
  2. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati
  3. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur
  4. Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research, Guntur
  5. North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology
  6. Nava Nalanda Mahavihara
  7. Punjab Engineering College
  8. Indian Agricultural Research Institute
  9. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
  10. Indian Law Institute
  11. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
  12. Jamia Hamdard
  13. National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology
  14. National University of Educational Planning & Administration
  15. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthana
  16. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapith
  17. TERI School of Advanced Studies
  18. Gujarat Vidyapith
  19. Sumandeep Vidyapeeth
  20. Lingaya’s University
  21. Maharishi Markandeshwar University
  22. Manav Rachna International University
  23. National Brain Research Centre
  24. National Dairy Research Institute
  25. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship & Management
  26. Central Institute of Buddhist Studies
  27. Birla Institute of Technology-Mesra
  28. B.L.D.E. University
  29. Christ University
  30. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bangalore
  31. International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
  32. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University
  33. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  34. Jain University
  35. K.L.E. Academy of Higher Education and Research
  36. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  37. NITTE University
  38. Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research
  39. Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education
  40. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
  41. Yenepoya University
  42. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  43. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
  44. Kerala Kalamandalam
  45. Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education
  46. Bharati Vidyapeeth
  47. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Fisheries
  48. D.Y. Patil Educational Society
  49. Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
  50. Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute
  51. Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
  52. Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics
  53. Homi Bhabha National Institute
  54. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
  55. Institute of Armament Technology
  56. International Institute for Population Sciences
  57. Institute of Chemical Technology
  58. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  59. MGM Institute of Health Sciences
  60. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  61. Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patl Vidyapeeth
  62. Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
  63. SYMBIOSIS International University
  64. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  65. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  66. Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
  67. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
  68. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
  69. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET)
  70. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  71. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
  72. Banasthali Vidyapith
  73. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
  74. Institute of Advanced Studies in Education
  75. I.I.S. (Deemed to be University)
  76. Jain Vishva Bharati Institute
  77. Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth
  78. LNM Institute of Information Technology
  79. Academy of Maritime Education and Training
  80. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  81. Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women
  82. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research
  83. B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science & Technology
  84. Chennai Mathematical Institute
  85. Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE)
  86. Gandhigram Rural Institute
  87. Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS)
  88. Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education
  89. Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences
  90. Karpagam Academy of Higher Education
  91. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute
  92. Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research
  93. Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education
  94. Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science & Technology (PMIST)
  95. Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology (PRIST)
  96. S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology
  97. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
  98. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
  99. Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  100. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya
  101. Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
  102. St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research
  103. Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)
  104. Vellore Institute of Technology
  105. Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation
  106. Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and
  107. International Institute of Information Technology
  108. ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
  109. Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
  110. Bhatkhande Music Institute
  111. Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies
  112. Dayalbagh Educational Institute
  113. Indian Veterinary Research Institute
  114. Jaypee Institute of Information Technology
  115. Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya
  116. Shobit Institute of Engineering & Technology
  117. Santosh University
  118. Forest Research Institute
  119. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
  120. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute
  121. Graphic Era University
  122. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute
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