With the Supreme Court asking the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take a fresh look at 44 deemed to be universities that the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had recommended for blacklisting , the higher education regulator Friday set up a six-member committee for the purpose.
To be chaired by Prof S K Joshi, former DG of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, the committee would have on board Prof Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi, director of the Plasma Research Genome Institute, Prof Digvijay Singh, former V-C Roorkee University, Prof Mahesh Mishra, director AIIMS, Prof Dinesh Singh, V-C Delhi University, and Prof Parsuraman, director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Set up by UGC chairman Prof Ved Prakash, the committee will study the previous reports on the 44 institutions and assess the present situation. It would be required to submit a report within two months, Prakash said. The court said the UGC’s view on the 44 varities must be taken, even though it may not be binding.
In 2010, the HRD Ministry had recommended that the 44 deemed to be universities were found lacking on several counts by an expert panel and that they should be closed down. While the SC stayed the ministry’s proposed action against these institutions, the issue has been sub judice ever since.
The HRD Ministry’s move had come at a time when there was a sudden rise in the number of deemed to be universities in the country.