Restraining about 123 deemed-to-be universities from using the term “university” in their names, the University Grants Commission has announced that those who fail to follow this will face punitive action. The higher education regulator has released the order at the Supreme Court’s directive.
The apex body had earlier suspended all BTech degrees which were granted through distance learning from 2001 to 2005. The Supreme Court heard in a case that a number of deemed-to-be universities were calling themselves universities and asked the UGC to prevent this.
“The institutions are hereby directed to restrain from using the word ‘university’ with its name, failing which necessary action would be initiated in accordance with the UGC (institutions deemed-to-be-universities) Regulations, 2016. Instead, the Institution may mention the word ‘Deemed to be University’ within parenthesis,” said the UGC in Friday’s directive.
Institutions such as Lingaya’s University and Manav Rachna University in Haryana, Jain University and Christ’s University in Bengaluru and Symbiosis International University in Pune will be affected by the the move as they will be required to remove the word “university” from their names.
“Such deemed-to-be-universities can also apply for an alternative name with the HRD Ministry,” said PK Thakur, UGC secretary. However, the higher education regulatory body has come to the defence of the varsities, stating that government had notified the institutions about their deemed status while using the term “university” to address them and hence the institutes were not at fault.