India’s higher education society University Grants Commission (UGC) asks 123 deemed universities to drop the Tag of the “University” from their Names. These universities will now either have to go only by the original name or have to mention clearly as “Deemed to be University”. The letter dated 10th November from UGC comes as a surprise for these 123 universities, as these universities do not qualify the UGC norms.
“No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word “University” associated with its name in any manner whatsoever,” says the Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.
UGC secretary P.K. Thakur qoted supreme court’s order that university should restrain from using “deemed” in their university name instead they can mention “deemed to be University” in their name. In the circular supreme court adds the university should use “Deemed to be University” in the parenthesis and have to take permission from the concerned authorities in order to run open courses in the next academic session (2018-2019).
The universities which affects by the UGC notice includes, Indian Agricultural Research Institue (PUSA), Jamia Hamdard , National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA), Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), SYMBIOSIS International University (Pune), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), Christ University, Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics (Pune), Vellore Institute of Technology (Vellore) and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore).