By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On June 25 the vice-chancellors of
various Deemed Universities agreed in principle to
accept the uniform
accounting standards devised by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and gave a
reluctant nod to Kapil Sibal's single test engineering
The meeting was held here under the Chairmanship of
Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil
Sibal on June 25 to brief the VCs about the Joint
Entrance Examination and to appeal to them to implement
uniform accounting standards.
In his inaugural address, the minister suggested setting
up of a Council for all the deemed universities to
co-ordinate matters of common interest with
representation of Vice Chancellors, prominent
academicians and UGC/MHRD.
The minister explained the concept of the proposed JEE
and invited them to join it. Deemed universities,
he said, would be free to choose appropriate weightage
for Class XII Boards and JEE MAIN/ AIEEE normalised on
percentile basis. Those wanting to give 100% weightage
to Class XII Board marks performance for admission were
At present, several deemed universities conduct their
own entrance tests, while some adopt AIEEE scores and
the rest take state Common Entrance Exam results.
Sibal clarified that their involvement will not affect
the management quota as also reservation for the weaker
sections of the society. Top HRD officials from
technical and higher education department were also
present in the meeting.
The second presentation was on adoption of uniform
accounting standards in all deemed universities.
It was decided to organize the Capacity Building
Programme, on uniform accounting standards through UGC
and its adoption by deemed universities in collaboration
with ICAI. A standard e-package of the accounting system
would be provided to all the educational institutions
including deemed universities.
UGC Regulations for Deemed
SC allows more time to doomed
NEW DELHI : On April 11 the Supreme Court once
again allowed the 44 condemned deemed universities to
have their way. It allowed them to enjoy their deemed
university status till July 19 thereby meaning that they
could go ahead with admissions for the 2011-12 session
starting in June.
The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Dalveer
Bhandari and Deepak Verma posted the hearing for July
19, extending till then its order restraining the
government on an objection raised by one of the
institutions, the J R N Rajasthan Vidyapeeth deemed
university, contending that Sunil Kumar IAS was the
Convenor of the P N Tandon Committee, which had
recommended the de-recognition of these institutions
after finding that they lacked proper faculty and
The apex court also effectively eliminated the role of
the Tandon Committee in the process of re-assessment by
directing the A.S. Thakur committee to hear the 44
institutions and submit its report to the government,
which in turn would prepare “a reasoned report” and hand
it over to the court for deciding their status.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaisingh,
appearing for the Centre, had sought three months
additional time - one month for the Thakur committee to
hear the 44 institutions, another to finalise its
recommendations and a further one month for the
government to prepare its report based on the panel’s
The Thakur committee comprising Additional Secretary A.S. Thakur (Technical Education), Sunil Kumar, Additional
Secretary (Higher Education) and N.K. Sinha, Additional
Secretary (Technology Enabled Learning) was given six
weeks to submit its inspection report to the government
and further four weeks were allowed to the ministry to
submit a report to the court.
Meanwhile, the bench directed that the government
should exclude Mr Sunil Kumar from the committee of the
HRD ministry probing into the case as he himself had
declined to be a member of the panel.
MHRD secys to hear 44 deemed
From Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI: Three additional secretaries of the Union
Human Resource Development Ministry have been deputed to
hear each of the 44 deemed universities found unfit to
retain the deemed university status so that the ministry
could prepare a report for the apex court which is to
hear the case on April 25.
Additional Secretary A.S. Thakur (Technical Education)
would head the team while Sunil Kumar, Additional
Secretary (Higher Education) and N.K. Sinha, Additional
Secretary (Technology Enabled Learning) would be the
members of the team.
The team has been set up on the orders of the Supreme
Court (on January 11) which said that the damned 44
deemed universities deserve a chance to be heard before
their deemed university status is scrapped.
The Ministry has issued notices to the universities and
their response will be forward to the review team. The
comments of the review team will then be communicated to
Each institution will be individually heard by the
three-member team of officials which will prepare a
reasoned report and, thereafter prepare a comprehensive
report, which shall be submitted to the Supreme Court.
A review committee comprising P.N. Tandon, Mrinal Miri,
Goverdhan Mehta and Anandakrishnan had reviewed the
deemed-to-be-universities and divided them in three
As many as 44 such universities were found unfit to
become deemed university on an aggregate assessment.
List of varsities
NEW DELHI : The following are the universities
which are to be stripped of their deemed status: Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and
Research, Guntur; Andhra Pradesh; Lingaya’s University,
Faridabad; St Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and
Research, Chennai; Noorul Islam Centre for Higher
Education, Kanyakumari; Jaypee Institute of Information
Shobhit Institute of Engineering and Technology, Meerut;
Sumandeep Vidyapeet, Vadodara, Gujarat; Krishna
Institute of Medical Sciences, Satara, Maharashtra; D Y
Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Meenakshi
Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai.
Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kanchipuram;
HIHT University, Dehradun; Santosh University,
Markandeshwar University, Ambala, Haryana; Manav Rachna
International University, Faridabad; Tilak Maharashtra
Vidyapeeth, Pune; Siksha “O” Anusandha, Bhubaneswar;
Janardan Rai Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan; Institute of
Advanced Studies in Education of Gandhi Vidya Mandir,
Sardarshahr, Rajasthan; Mody Institute of Technology,
Sikar, Rajasthan; Dr MGR Educational and Research
Institute, Chennai; Saveetha Institute of Medical and
Technical Sciences, Chennai; Kalasalingam Academy of
and Education, Virdhunagar, Tamil Nadu.
Periryar Maniammai Institute of Science and Technology,
Thanjavur; Academy of Maritime Education and Training,
Chennai; Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology and
Advanced Studies, Chennai; Karpagam Academy of Higher
Education, Coimbatore; Vel Tech Rangaraja, Dr Sagunthal
R&D Institute of Science, Chennai; Gurukul Kangri,
Haridwar; Graphic Era University, Dehradun; Nehru Gram
Bharati vishwavidyalaya, Allahabad; Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth, Puducherry; Vinayaka Mission’s Research
Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu; Bharath Institute of
Higher Education & Research, Chennai; Ponnaiya Ramajayam
Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil
Nadu; Nava Nalanda Mahavira, Nalanda, Bihar; Rajiv
Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu and National
Museum, Institute of the History of Art Conservation and
Musi cology, Janpath, New Delhi.
Backgrounder : SC relief to 44
NEW DELHI : In a major relief to over two lakh
students, the Supreme Court directed the Union Human
Resource Development Ministry on January 25, last year to maintain
“status quo” on its decision on the 44 condemned deemed
universities till the matter was taken up for further
hearing on March 8, 2010.
“We shall not pass any ex parte orders,” a
two-judge bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari said.
“They (the institutions) will be heard. No student or
institution’s interests will be affected,” it added,
issuing notices to to all 44 deemed universities to
present their case and fixing the next hearing for March
Hearing arguments in Viplav
Sharma vs Union of India case the bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A.K.
Patnaik said that till then “status quo” will be maintained
on the government order, which means the HRD Ministry’s
order will be in suspended animation.
The institutions face
de-recognition after P N Tandon committee report slammed
them for poor performance and bad management. The
said that they were being run as family fiefs rather than on
Acting on the recommendations, the Ministry of Human
Resource Development (MHRD) had said
on January 18 that it was planning to withdraw the
deemed status to the 44 institutions — which were among the
126 that had been granted such a tag by former HRD
minister Arjun Singh.
The court directed the Attorney-General, Mr Goolam E.
Vahanvati, to place before it the report of the task
force set up by the HRD minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, to
examine the functioning of 126 deemed universities as
well as the report of the review committee as the
ministry had acted on the recommendations of these two
It further directed Mr Vahanvati to submit an affidavit
on the steps the ministry proposed to take to safeguard
the interests of over two lakh students of these 44
This order, with multiple directions, came after a
battery of the country’s top legal brains, appearing for
different deemed universities, assailed the MHRD action, citing several “loopholes”. The
court was hearing a pending PIL by advocate
Viplav Sharma, challenging the grant of deemed
university status to several institutions by the former
minister, Mr Arjun Singh, in a “reckless” manner.
Senior advocates — Mr Fali S. Nariman, Mr K. Parasaran,
Mr K.K. Venugopal, Mr Rajiv Dhawan and others took on
the government, saying it had acted merely on the
reports of the task force and review committee despite
these bodies having no statutory status, while
recommendations of the University Grants Commission, a
statutory body, were overlooked.
Assuring students and the universities, the bench said:
“Presently our anxiety is what will happen to all those
Public interest is paramount. When the matter is before
court, the government cannot do anything. We ourselves
want to look
into it. If there is any violation of the principles of
natural justice, we will look into it. Rest assured,
happen to your institutions and your students till we
dispose the matter.”
Appearing for the MHRD, Vahanvati
weeks to file a comprehensive reply on the issue.
He said the government was fully conscious of the
uncertainties that the students studying in these
universities might face.
“It is the UGC, a statutory body, which recommends
whether such status is granted or taken away,” said
senior lawyer Rajeev
Dhavan. “It cannot be taken away on the recommendation
of a non-statutory body,” he said, speaking on behalf of
one of the
Others pointed out that the 44 deemed universities set to lose their status
had been praised by the UGC. The court
the government to produce the reports of the UGC, the
Tandon panel and the task force set up to implement the
Tremors in Higher Education
After a gap of five years country's Higher Education
sector experienced another set of tremors on
January 18 -- like the
ones experienced after the
case judgement in which 112 private universities were
scrapped by the Supreme Court in one go.
The new tremors were caused by Human Resource
Development Ministry's decision to banish 44 deemed
universities (listed above) owned by powerful politicians and
influential businessmen in the country.
On January 18 the MHRD under, Mr Kapil Sibal, in a
virtual rebuff to his predecessor, Mr Arjun Singh's
policy of conferring "deemed university" status to 126
institutions, submitted in the Supreme Court that only
36 institutions were fully qualified to be upgraded
while 44 "deemed universities" have "abysmal"
infrastructure facilities and that their deemed university
status needs to be withdrawn.
In its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in Viplav
Sharma vs Union of India case, the
government submitted the P N Tandon committee report, which
lists 44 erring institutions for de-recognition. Of
these, the highest 16 are in Tamil Nadu, followed by 6
in Karnataka, 4 in Uttar Pradesh, 3 each in Haryana and
Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan, and one each in
Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and New
Of the deficient institutions, 41 are privately managed,
and three are government funded, including Nava Nalanda
Mahavihara in Nalanda, Bihar; Rajiv Gandhi National
Youth Development Institute, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu;
and National Institute of the History of Art,
Conservation and Museology, New Delhi.
The de-recognition move, if it comes through following
the SC intervention, would affect the futures of over 2
lakh students, with 2,03,322 currently pursuing courses
with the erring institutions. Accordingly, the task
force constituted to implement the committee
recommendations has said that the erring universities
could seek affiliation to the state university of their
jurisdiction to enable students to complete courses.
“Existing colleges not found suitable to continue should
revert to their status as affiliated college of the
state university of jurisdiction to enable the students
to finish courses and obtain degrees,” the task force
It has further advised the government to make every
effort to facilitate migration or re-enrolment of the
students to equivalent courses in other institutions in
case their own institution, after losing its deemed tag,
is unable to attain affiliation of the state university
The government counsel told Justices Dalveer Bhandari
and A.K. Patnaik that while approving
deemed university status to only 36 institutions, 44
others had been put on "watch list" for three years to
see whether they improve their standard, infrastructure
and teaching facilities.
The universities run by some of the top guns in Tamil
Nadu, such as Union minister S. Jagathrakshakan, AIADMK
Lok Sabha member M. Thambidurai and the Dravida Kazhagam
leader K. Veeramani have been recommended for withdrawal
of the "deemed university" status by the ministry, as
the state earned the dubious distinction of earning the
"highest score" of 16 of its
varsities in the national `black-list' of 44.
The 44 institutions which will lose their deemed varsity
status have violated the guidelines prescribing
excellence in teaching and research or innovations, and
introduced unrelated degree programmes beyond the
mandate of the grant of the status, the MHRD council
told the court.
In the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the MHRD
said that the Prof. P N Tandon Committee found that with the
notable exception of some publicly funded institutions,
none of them could produce evidence of quality research,
going by publications in leading journals.
Many institutions, which attained the deemed university
status from being colleges, increased their intake
disproportionately and, in some cases, exponentially in
relation to the qualified faculty strength and academic
infrastructure. Several institutions prescribed fees
considerably higher than that recommended by official
The decision on according affiliation to and registering
students enrolled in the 44 institutions with the
relevant State university for the purpose of award of
degrees would be taken up in consultation with the State
Regarding foreign institutions, the affidavit said: “The
Centre is in the process of finalising a legislative
proposal for regulating the entry and operations of
foreign education providers and the same has to be
introduced in Parliament after obtaining necessary
approval within the government.”
The Centre was awaiting the final report of the Task
Force on the draft regulations submitted by the
University Grants Commission for declaring institutions
deemed universities. The guidelines, after consideration
by the Centre, would be conveyed to the UGC for being
notified, the affidavit said.