Monday, March 01, 2010

Deemed varsity students' fate in states' hands

The Centre told the Supreme Court on February 25th that it was up to state-run universities to give affiliation to the 44 deemed universities that face derecognition and absorb their students. The move adds to the uncertainty faced by over 200,000 students enrolled in the 44 deemed universities. In a fresh affidavit filed in the court, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) said the decision on these two issues came under the purview of the respective state governments and the Centre did not have any direct control over the state universities, except for maintenance of academic standards through the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Centre also said the deemed universities should not admit students to any stream or programme in regular courses or distance education programmes.

The affidavit, however, said the Centre would take appropriate steps for securing the future of the students of the deemed universities recommended for derecognition by a task force appointed by the MHRD. "Where an institution is unable to obtain affiliation, every effort should be made to facili- tate migration/re-enrolment of students to equivalent or similar courses in other institutions. Students enrolled in doctoral programmes would need to re-register in affiliating universities," it said, adding that students enrolled in distance mode of courses should be absorbed by IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) or state open universities.

The Centre said: "The entire cost of migration and rehabilitation of students should be at the expense of the managements of the failed institutions from out of the corpus fund which was required to be maintained in respect of each under the exact UGC guidelines." The affidavit said the fate of each of the 44 failed institutions would be decided on a case-to-case basis.

Source: Hindustan Times, February 26, 2010

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