The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that seven deemed universities across the country, including four in Tamil Nadu, have one year to fix their deficiencies and submit a final compliance report, adding that failure to do so could lead them to lose recognition.
During the last meeting, UGC assessed the report submitted by the expert committee on these institutes and came across several deficiencies.
“The commission noted that despite the lapse of several years, these institutions have not yet rectified their shortcomings,” said the minutes of the meeting. It was decided during the meeting that all the suggestions highlighted in the report will be examined thoroughly to identify the major deficiencies. The findings will then be submitted to the Union HRD ministry, Supreme Court, as well as the seven concerned institutions.
“After detailed deliberations, the commission has decided to give them a final opportunity to rectify their deficiencies within a maximum period of one year and submit the compliance report within this period, failing which recommendation will be made to the HRD ministry for denotification of their deemed-to-be status,” the minutes said.
Some of the seven deemed universities stated that they were yet to receive any official communication form UGC in this regard whereas others acknowledged that they were already putting up efforts to fix all deficiencies.
“We held a meeting recently, and plan to meet the recommendations within a month or two. We are complying with most of the recommendations and expect to complete the preparations by March well before the January 2016 deadline,” said K P Thooyamani, vice-chancellor of Bharath University.
“The Supreme Court has clearly held that review means physical inspection, which did not happen in the case of the Tandon Committee. This is an opportune time for UGC to exercise its statutory mandate to review all deemed universities. The Tandon Committee’s findings cannot have an eternal validity without expiry date,” said S Vaidhyasubramaniam, dean of planning and development of Sastra University.