Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the Union Government to
maintain status quo on the 44 deemed universities facing
de-recognition for not being up to the standard.
bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Patnaik passed the order
despite the Government's assurance that no follow-up action would be
taken against these institutions without the consent of the court.
The apex court also issued notices to all the 44 deemed universities
as also their parent varsities to file their response on the
Government's decision to de-recognise them.
Amidst strong protests from the aggrieved universities on the
Government's decision, the apex court assured them that it would not
pass any adverse order without hearing them as the issue not only
involved several institutions but also two lakh students.
further directed the Union Government to place on record the reports
of the Review Committee and the Task Force on the basis of which the
Human Resource Development Ministry had decided to crack the whip on
the 44 universities.
also asked the UGC to place its earlier report on the basis of which
the Ministry had accorded deemed status to these institutions.
Earlier, on January 18,
2010, the central government hadtold the
Supreme Court that it was all set to divest 44 universities of their
special “deemed university” status as they were being run as “family
fiefdoms” rather than institutions of academic excellence.
Appearing for the central government, Solicitor General Gopal
Subramanium made this submission to a bench of Justice Dalveer
Bhandari and Justice Mukundkam Sharma, during the hearing of a 2006
lawsuit, questioning the misuse of the deemed university status by
glut of educational shops.
The declaration had
generated panic among the students.