Censuring the University Grant Commission (UGC) for going into a “slumber,” the Supreme Court Thursday directed it to complete within four weeks physical inspection and preparation of reports of 41 deemed universities spread across the country.
A bench of Justices Dipak Miksra and Vikramjit Sen turned down UGC’s request to grant it two more months to complete the task and said that the Commission must wake up now and act swiftly. “UGC is not waking up. You are a statutory body but unfortunately you are not doing your duty. Certain standards must be maintained by these universities and categorisation will happen accordingly,” said the bench.
It also directed the Centre to finalise within a week after getting the reports from the UGC categorisation of the universities into A, B and C, depending on the fulfillment of criteria prescribed by the Tandon committee.
Fixing February 28 as the next day of hearing, the bench made it clear that neither the UGC nor the Centre will be given any additional time.