Many deemed varsities lack facilities, faculty: UGC

Last Updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 21:57

New Delhi: The UGC committees, reviewing
the functioning of 130 deemed universities across the country,
have found several deficiencies, including shortage of
teachers and facilities, in a number of such institutions.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) today approved
the reports of the committees on about ten deemed universities
and forwarded the reports to the government for action. The
UGC has so far approved the reports on 47 deemed universities.
"Today the reports of about 10 deemed universities
were placed before the Commission. The commission considered
the reports and recommended the government for appropriate
action," a senior UGC official said.

While many of the deemed universities have adequate
facilities, a few others have been found lacking in
infrastructure and faculty, he said.

The government has started review of functioning of
such institutions amid allegations that many non-deserving
institutes have been conferred deemed-to-be-university status
in the last five years. There are also reports of many of
these institutes indulging in malpractices.

The Centre has asked UGC to carry out a complete
review of functioning of these deemed universities, besides
setting up a committee of its own.
The UGC has set up a number of committees to complete
the review by end of this month.

The government is critical about functioning of the
deemed universities and their growth. Of the total 130 such
institutions, over 60 were given the status of deemed
universities in the last five years.

The HRD Ministry`s own committee is expected to submit
its report this month. The committee is expected to recommend
severe action against some of the deemed universities if they
are found to be lacking in facilities. Some of the deemed
universities could be reverted to their original status of
colleges, sources said.

The status of deemed universities is conferred by the
government on the recommendation of UGC under Section three of
the UGC Act. However, there are allegations that the provision
has been misused in the last few years.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 21:57

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