Blueprint on deemed varsities soon: Centre to SC

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:34

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday informed the
Supreme Court that it would come out within two months with a
blueprint to streamline the functioning of deemed universities
that have mushroomed in the country.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam told a bench of
Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Mukundakam Sharma that a
document containing the blueprint, along with the
recommendations made by the Prof P M Tandon Committee, would
be submitted to the apex court within eight weeks.

He said the Tandon committee, appointed to review the
functioning of the deemed universities, had come out with its
recommendations and the HRD ministry was formulating a
blueprint to give effect to the suggestions made by the panel.

Responding to queries from the bench, the Solicitor
General said the "government wanted to come out with a
comprehensive solution to the problem rather than any
piecemeal measure" as it also involved the fate of a number
of students.

To a query, he said that there are now 130 deemed
universities in the country.

"Is the concept of deemed universities existing
outside the country also? What is the great thing about these
deemed universities? Can`t we have one category of such
universities?" the bench told Subramaniam who said answers to
the same would be available to the court in the form of an
affidavit.

The apex court is dealing with the issue of
mushrooming deemed universities on the basis of a PIL filed by
one Viplav Sharma.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:34

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