IndiaToday | New Delhi, November 20, 2015 |
The Supreme Court on November 20 asked the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to put the gradation of universities in the public domain within three days. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh was informed by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh that the NAAC has considered various aspects including self-appraisal report of these universities and put the information regarding their gradation on the website. “Let us know the NAAC grading. If someone is left out and aggrieved, then we will ask Union of India, UGC and the NAAC to look into it,” the bench said while fixing the batch of petitions for hearing in third week of January next year.
The court had earlier asked universities to submit their self-appraisal report to NAAC so that they can awarded grades accordingly. NAAC was given three months time to decide on the issue of accreditation and grades of the 121 deemed universities . “The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) shall not insist for the compliance of the 2010 regulations. The Universities are directed to submit the self appraisal report within ten days,” it had then said and made it clear that any decision of the NAAC would be subject to the outcome of a PIL questioning the procedure of granting recognition to such universities. The apex court had also asked teh UGC for the physical verification of infrastructure and faculty strength of deemed universities, which were black-listed by a government- appointed committee. The UGC counsel explaining the delay said that there was a need to modify the apex court order as the commission cannot go the way P N Tandon Committee categorised the deemed universities. After the Supreme Court’s direction, UGC had in October last year set up a committee under its vice chairperson H Devaraj to conduct physical verification of seven universities whose deemed category status had come under question. – Courtesy
Relief to students: 38 deemed universities get clearance : Nov 20, 2015 – J. Venkatesan |New Delhi | Asian Age |
In a huge relief to thousands of students, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it had cleared and graded the 38 deemed universities (which were sought to be de-recognised on the basis of the Tandon Committee report). The NAAC said the assessment and gradation was done based on the 2012 Regulations of the NAAC and without considering the 2010 UGC Regulations and as per its assessment these deemed universities can continue to function. Making this submission before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant, additional solicitor-general Maninder Singh said the grades obtained by each of the 38 DUs will be put on the website and it will be open to them to respond. Senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for a few DUs, submitted that if the NAAC grades are acceptable to the UGC and the government, then we can offer our comments.
Welcoming the decision, SASTRA University dean S. Vaidhyasubramanian said, “With the Supreme Court accepting the NAAC’s new gradation, the ministry of human resource development should instruct the UGC to take all policy decisions based on NAAC accreditation and not on Tandon Committee’s classification of deemed universities.” Taking note of the submissions, the bench posted the matter for further hearing in the second week of January 2016 and in the meanwhile asked the 38 DUs to put forth their grievances on the grades awarded to them. Acting on a petition filed by advocate Viplav Sharma, the Centre during the course of hearing appointed the Tandon Committee, which classified the 122 DUs into three categories and 44 DUs, which fell in the third category, were sought to be de-recognised on the ground that they did not have the required infrastructure and that they had become “teaching shops”. It recommended de-recognition of 44 DUs. – Courtesy
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