Even AS 12 education institutes in Gujarat,including the National Institute of Design (NID),Ahmedabad,have applied for grant of deemed university status,there could be a delay in awarding the same to these institutes. The reasons: Non-compliance with the UGC standards and the prevalence of the model code of conduct.
The UGCs recent update on March 5 shows that the proposals submitted by all these educational institutes,except one,are under the commissions consideration.
The standard procedure to get deemed university status includes application by the institute to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD),which then forwards this application to UGC. The UGC then evaluates the institute according to its set standards and recommends it for either grant or rejection of the deemed university status.
Though UGC authorities refused to come on record,they admitted that the decision lies with the MHRD,and the notification process of awarding deemed university status to them could be delayed owing to the model Code of Conduct being in force.
Jayanti Ravi,the Commissioner of Higher Education,Gujarat,refused to comment on the issue.
Meanwhile,Hasmukh Adhia,Principal Secretary,Education,Gujarat,said: There is a possibility that the process of awarding deemed university status to some educational institutes might get delayed owing to the model code of conduct.
Devanshu Patel,the trustee of the Vadodara-based Parul Institute,said: Parul Institute has applied for deemed university status,but it lies with the MHRD. With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner,we cant do any thing but wait for a few months for the procedure.
Vijya Deshmukh,registrar,NID,Ahmedabad,said: NID had applied for the deemed university status more that a year ago. The UGC has asked NID to show its Memorandum of Association (MoA). It has also asked the institute to apply for NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) and also streamline our departments. She added,Recently we have also applied for the NAAC.
Surendra Patel,chairman of the Charotar University of Science and Technology,Petlad,said: Our institute is yet to complete 10 years which is the requirement set by the UGC. All the other procedures are in accordance with UGC standards. The institute has completed nine years.
The deemed university status enables educational institutes to design their own syllabus and course work. They also get autonomy to set their own guidelines regarding admission and fees.