New Delhi: The Supreme Court has granted 10
more weeks to the Centre to place its recommendations on the
status of the 44 deemed varsities facing derecognition for
failing to maintain proper academic standards.
A bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma
granted the additional time while directing reconstitution of
the three-member panel appointed by the government to examine
the recommendations of the high-powered Prof PN Tandon
committee which sought derecognition of these varsities.
The apex court, which was initially scheduled to hear the
case on May 3, adjourned it till July 19 after Additional
Solicitor General Indira Jaising sought 10 weeks time for
placing the recommendations.
The three-member reconstituted panel would hear within
six weeks the objections raised by the 44 aggrieved
universities against the Tandon committee`s recommendations
and submit its own findings to the government.
The bench, while granting the government`s plea, however,
asked it to add one more member to the three-member panel
since one of the incumbents Sunil Kumar has sought permission
for withdrawing from it.
The apex court passed the order on a fresh writ petition
filed by JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Deemed University
questioning the government`s decision to persist with the
continuance of Sunil Kumar despite the later expressing his
desire to withdraw from the panel.
"In our considered view, the respondents (Centre) ought
not to have insisted upon Shri Sunil Kumar to be a member of
the Committee, particularly when he himself did not want to be
a member of the committee.
"We direct the respondents to appoint another member
in place of Shri Sunil Kumar. After appointing the new member
in place of Shri Sunil Kumar, the central government through
the new committee would give hearing to the 44 institutions
and would submit a reasoned report to this court.