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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Concept of deemed universities in India to be abolished

New Delhi: The concept of deemed universities will be abolished in India, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said Tuesday, a day after the government moved an affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking de-recognition of 44 such institutions, including Bangalore's Christ College and Jain University.

"It is a policy decision that all the deemed universities will finally go," Sibal said at the 10th Editor's Conference on social sector issues here. Sibal's comments come a day after the central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the recognition of 44 deemed universities must be taken away.

"The concept of deemed universities from the country will go in the near future and this is part of the reform process. We are putting in place the required legislations," Sibal added. The country has nearly 100 deemed universities that function as stand-alone universities but don't give affiliation to other institutions.

Around two lakh students study in the 44 universities. Sibal added that the students in deemed universities will not suffer. "Technically, we haven't de-recognised any deemed university. We have moved the Supreme Court with an affidavit and a report by the expert committee on deemed universities. Let me assure, no student will suffer," assured Sibal. "We are going to take care of all students. And government's intention is not to put any student in problem. All students will get a university degree."

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