UGC Prohibits Deemed Varsities From Calling Themselves A ‘University’!

UGC has also decided to discredit engineering degrees issued by 4 such deemed varsities, between 2001 and 2005.


UGC Prohibits Deemed Varsities

University Grants Commission has created ripples across the higher education sector in India, as they have prohibited some of the most reputed, and popular institutions from using ‘University’ tag in their names.

These institutions were deemed varsities, and the term University was used rampantly, giving an impression that they are approved Universities.

In their defence, UGC is simply following Supreme Court’s orders regarding this issue; but from the point of view of the students, this development sounds like catastrophe.

In a related news, UGC has decided to discredit engineering degrees issued by 4 such deemed varsities, between 2001 and 2005.

123 Deemed Varsities Cannot Use ‘University’ Tag – UGC

The power and influence of institutions such as IISc, Lingaya’s University, Indian Institute Of Science (IISc), Sikkim Manipal, NITTE, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Symbiosis, Vellore Institute of Technology.

However, from now on, they won’t be able to use the term ‘University’ in their tagname, until further notice from UGC.

A total of 123 deemed varsities would be directly affected by this major decision.

UGC has sent a letter to all these 123 Universities, with the subject line: “UGC Letter to Deemed to be Universities regd. Use of the word ‘University’ by Institutions Deemed to be Universities-Directions issued by Hon’ble Supreme Court.”

In the letter, UGC can referenced Supreme Court’s November 3rd ruling, which states that deemed Universities cannot grant Engineering degrees in India.

The letters states:

“The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide orders dates 03.11.2017 under para 51 and 53 (XII) observed and directed as under-

Para 51- “we must also put on record what we have observed during the course of the hearing and consideration of the present matters. It has come to the notice that many institutions which are conferred the status of Deemed to be university are using the word “University”, which in our view is opposed to the spirit of Section 23of the UGC Act. The UGC shall take appropriate steps to to such practice.”

As per the letter, strict action would be taken under UGC (institutions deemed-to-be-universities) Regulations, 2016; against those which fail to comply with this new direction.

Interestingly, these 123 institutions can use the word ‘Deemed to be University’ within parenthesis in near future.

As per UGC secretary P K Thakur, these 123 Universities can approach HRD Ministry for more clarifications, and for suggesting another term which can be used.

Here is the list of all 123 deemed Universities, which are now prohibited from using University tag:

  1. Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam
  2. Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur
  3. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati
  4. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur
  5. Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research, Guntur
  6. North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology
  7. Nava Nalanda Mahavihara
  8. Punjab Engineering College
  9. Indian Agricultural Research Institute
  10. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
  11. Indian Law Institute
  12. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
  13. Jamia Hamdard
  14. National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology
  15. National University of Educational Planning & Administration
  16. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthana
  17. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapith
  18. TERI School of Advanced Studies
  19. Gujarat Vidyapith
  20. Sumandeep Vidyapeeth
  21. Lingaya’s University
  22. Maharishi Markandeshwar University
  23. Manav Rachna International University
  24. National Brain Research Centre
  25. National Dairy Research Institute
  26. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship & Management
  27. Central Institute of Buddhist Studies
  28. Birla Institute of Technology-Mesra
  29. B.L.D.E. University
  30. Christ University
  31. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bangalore
  32. International Institute of Information Technology
  33. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University
  34. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  35. Jain University
  36. K.L.E. Academy of Higher Education and Research
  37. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  38. NITTE University
  39. Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research
  40. Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education
  41. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
  42. Yenepoya University
  43. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  44. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
  45. Kerala Kalamandalam
  46. Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education
  47. Bharati Vidyapeeth
  48. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Fisheries
  49. D.Y. Patil Educational Society
  50. Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
  51. Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute
  52. Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
  53. Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics
  54. Homi Bhabha National Institute
  55. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
  56. Institute of Armament Technology
  57. International Institute for Population Sciences
  58. Institute of Chemical Technology
  59. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  60. MGM Institute of Health Sciences
  61. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  62. Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patl Vidyapeeth
  63. Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
  64. SYMBIOSIS International University
  65. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  66. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  67. Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
  68. Kalinga Insitute of Industrial Technology
  69. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
  70. Shiksha ‘O’ Anusandhan
  71. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET)
  72. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  73. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
  74. Banasthali Vidyapith
  75. Birla Institute of Technology & Science
  76. Institute of Advanced Studies in Education
  77. I.I.S. (Deemed to be University)
  78. Jain Vishva Bharati Institute
  79. Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth
  80. LNM Institute of Information Technology
  81. Academy of Maritime Education and Training
  82. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  83. Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women
  84. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research
  85. B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science & Technology
  86. Chennai Mathematical Institute
  87. Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE)
  88. Gandhigram Rural Institute
  89. Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS)
  90. Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education
  91. Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences
  92. Karpagam Academy of Higher Education
  93. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute
  94. Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research
  95. Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education,
  96. Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science & Technology (PMIST)
  97. Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology (PRIST),
  98. S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology
  99. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
  100. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
  101. Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  102. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya
  103. Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
  104. St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research
  105. Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)
  106. Vellore Institute of Technology
  107. Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation
  108. Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and
  109. International Institute of Information Technology,
  110. ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
  111. Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
  112. Bhatkhande Music Institute
  113. Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies
  114. Dayalbagh Educational Institute
  115. Indian Veterinary Research Institute
  116. Jaypee Institute of Information Technology
  117. Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya
  118. Shobit Institute of Engineering & Technology
  119. Santosh University
  120. Forest Research Institute
  121. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
  122. Graphic Era University
  123. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute


Engineering Degrees Will Be Cancelled

Meanwhile, after Supreme Court’s November 3rd order, under which deemed varsities cannot grant engineering degrees, engineering degrees provided by JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education in Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute and Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, between 2011 and 2015 has been terminated.

While students from these 4 institutions between 2001-2005 would be required to give a test to prove their capability; students who opted to join these institutions after 2005 would be invalid engineers.

Besides, Govt. has also initiated a CBI enquiry as to how these colleges were able to give engineering degrees, and why UGC didn’t intervene before.

We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

1 Comment
  1. kabir banik says

    What about ICFAI university Tripura!!!

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