Published: 05th December 2017
HRD ministry sets up expert committee to suggest mechanisms to deemed universities
The four universities are in trouble for allowing long-distance programmes, which are disallowed according to the AICTE
The HRD Ministry has constituted a three-member committee to monitor the functions of four deemed universities and suggests regulatory mechanisms for them within four months. The move comes after the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of engineering degrees awarded by four deemed universities, putting nearly 30,000 engineers in limbo. These institutes were conducting distance education programmes in technical education without necessary approval.
Headed by former Chief Justice of Patna high court- L Narasimhan Reddy- the panel also includes Additional Secretary in the HRD Ministry Sukhbir Singh Sandhu and Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Anil Sahasrabuddhe. "The committee will study the functioning of deemed universities and examine whether more institutes are conducting programmes without proper approvals," a senior official said, adding "It will also recommend regulatory mechanisms for deemed universities."
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had last week suspended engineering degrees awarded by four deemed-to-be-universities -- JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute (AAI) and Vinayaka Mission's Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu.
Those institutes have also been directed by the apex court to return by May 31, 2018, tuition fees and other expenditure incurred by the students. AICTE rules mandate that engineering degrees cannot be offered through distance education mode.