In a bid to assuage students thrown into uncertainty, government on Tuesday made it clear that not a single student of any failed deemed university would be affected and indicated scrapping of granting such status in future.
"Not a single child, not a single student will be adversely affected. Students of that university will get a university degree," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said addressing the Social Editors Conference in New Delhi.
He was replying to a question as to what would happen to the future of the students of 44 deemed universities that have been recommended for being stripped of the status by an expert committee whose report has been accepted by the government.
Nearly two lakh students are pursuing higher studies in these 44 institutions in 13 states which have been recommended for non-continuation of the deemed status as neither on past performance nor on their promise for the future have the attributes to retain the deemed status. "We are restructuring the higher education sector. Hopefully, the deemed university concept will go," he said. Sibal said not a single deemed university has been derecognised so far.
"The Government has accepted the findings of the expert committee and submitted its findings to the Supreme Court which will decide the course of action to be taken," he said. "The Supreme Court will decide the course of action...we will take care of all the students (of the deemed universities)," Sibal said.
An expert committee headed by P N Tandon has reviewed the functioning of 126 of the 130 deemed universities. It has found 44 deemed universities unworthy for the status.
Asked whether the unfit 44 deemed universities would be reverted to the status of college, he said, "I do not want to preempt what the Supreme Court will decide." The matter will come before the Supreme Court on January 25.
"Not a single student's interest will be jeopardised. University degree will be given to them," he said, allaying any fear among the students and their parents.
The committee has found the failed deemed universities were being run as family fiefdoms rather than on academic considerations. The committee found 44 other such institutes having deficiencies and suggested that they should be given three years time to rectify. It found 38 others as up to mark.
The government had set up a task force to suggest measures for implementing the recommendations of the committee. The task force said the failed deemed universities would be allowed to go back as affiliated colleges of their original universities. PTI