Blueprint on deemed varsities soon: Centre to SC
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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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