About two lakh students of 44 deemed
universities, which face the prospect of derecognition, were assured
by the government on Tuesday that they would all get degrees.
The government, which accepted the
findings of an expert committee on the functioning of deemed
universities and submitted them to the Supreme Court yesterday, has
left it to the court to take a decision on the issue.
"Not a single child, not a single
student will be adversely affected. Students of that university will
get a university degree," Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said addressing
the Social Editors Conference here.
He was replying to a question as to
what would happen to the future of students studying in 44 deemed
universities that have been recommended for being stripped of the
status by the expert committee.
Nearly two lakh students are pursuing
higher studies in these 44 institutions in 13 states which have been
recommended for non-continuation of the deemed status as neither on
past performance nor on their promise for the future have the
attributes to retain the deemed status.
"We are restructuring the higher
education sector. Hopefully, the deemed university concept will go,"
he said adding not not a single deemed university has been
derecognised so far.
"The Government has accepted the
findings of the expert committee and submitted its findings to the
Supreme Court which will decide the course of action to be taken,"
"The Supreme Court will decide the
course of action. we will take care of all the students (of the
deemed universities)," Sibal said.
An expert committee headed by P N
Tandon has reviewed the functioning of 126 of the 130 deemed
universities. It has found 44 deemed universities unworthy for the
Asked whether the unfit 44 deemed
universities would be reverted to the status of college, he said, "I
do not want to pre-empt what the Supreme Court will decide."
The matter will come before the
Supreme Court on January 25.
"Not a single student's interest will
be jeopardised. University degree will be given to
them," he said, allaying any fear among the students and their
The committee has found the failed
deemed universities were being run as family fiefdoms rather than on
academic considerations. The committee found 44 other such
institutes having deficiencies and suggested that they should be
given three years time to rectify. It found 38 others as up to mark.
The government had set up a task force
to suggest measures for implementing the recommendations of the
committee. The task force said the failed deemed universities would
be allowed to go back as affiliated colleges of their original