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Jun 18, 2009 at 03:45pm IST

HRD to review UGC recognition giving process

New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has called for a review of 80 deemed universities.

The Ministry is unhappy with the way the commission and other regulatory bodies went about giving recognition to universities and technical institutes.

In a committee headed by imminent scientist Yashpal is recommending setting up a National Commission for Higher Education and Research. This commission will also have over riding powers over bodies like UGC, AICTE and Medical Council.

The HRD Ministry has also set up a separate injury into the recognition given to the deemed universities in the last five years.

The matter was first raised through a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court two years ago. It alleged that the UGC was recklessly recognising deemed universities. The government had then made many promises but didn’t do enough.

“What was being seen as giving university status to some institutes of national repute has degenerated,” says Supreme Court lawyer, Sanjay Hagde.

Under the scanner will be around 80 odd deemed to be universities recognised in the last four years and on the anvil will be the future of thousands of students who have taken admission in these institutes.