UGC appoints Committee to inspect 7 Deemed Universities on SC direction

UGC following the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed on 26.09.2014 has decided to appoint a Committee to inspect 7 Deemed Universities, which were found to be unfit to continue as Deemed University, in the Report submitted by its Sub-Committee headed by Mr. H Devraj.

Earlier, the Supreme Court in its Order dated 26.09.2014 had taken exception to the methodology adopted by UGC of presentation and photographic representation to evaluate the Deemed Universities and had directed UGC to conduct physical inspection and submit Report within 12 weeks.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court disapproving the process of assessment by photographs and presentations observed in its order dated 26.09.2014 had observed as under:

“ The singular grievance that has been agitated in the aforesaid I. As. is   that   the       UGC instead of taking recourse to physical inspection of the concerned institution, have adopted an innovative modus operandi by inspecting   through     photographs and video camera. We cannot conceive of such a situation.

 In our considered opinion, inspection would mean in all its connotative expanse physical inspection from all scores and spectrums. Neither the petitioners can have a restrictive or constricted meaning on the same nor the UGC can put a gloss over it. A physical inspection is fundamentally a physical inspection and we so repeat at the cost of repetition.”

While disapproving the process of photographs and video-presentations, the Apex Court directed UGC to inspect the institutions, who had filed Applications within a period of 12 weeks. It also directed that after the inspection is conducted, UGC shall point out the defects/defaults to the concerned Institution allowing them reasonable time to rectify the same.

UGC in its meeting dated 17.10.2014 discussed the modalities for implementation of the directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and so also of the inspection and decided to constitute a Committee, which would be headed by Prof. Dr. Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Secretary, UGC. Other members of the Committee include, Shri S P Goyal, Joint Secretary, MHRD, Prof. Dr. O P Kalra, Prof. Dr. M P Poonia, Prof. Ramesh Dadhich.

UGC has also resolved that the Committee should endeavor to submit the Report within the time frame stipulated given by the Supreme Court, which was 12 weeks from 26.09.2014.

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