Saturday, January 09, 2010

Government seeks legal advice on deemed universities

To ensure that the tough action proposed against 44 deemed universities do not end up in courts of law, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has swung into action with Minister Kapil Sibal holding a meeting with Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam on Friday. Subramaniam is believed to have approved the action being planned by the HRD Ministry.

Mr. Sibal will also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apprise him of the action that has been recommended by the HRD’s Task Force on Deemed Universities. Considering that many politicians run a large number of deemed universities, political clearance will be taken at the highest level. “Once the process has been set in motion we are not going to roll it back. Many deemed universities will lose the deemed status. We are preparing ourselves for the likely legal action that might follow,” a top source said. Sources also said that the review committee that was turned into a task force has recommended a detailed action map against deemed universities that do not have necessary academic and physical infrastructure.

Source: The Times of India, January 9, 2009 (Reported by Akshaya Mukul)

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