Varsities making money by affiliating colleges, says Sibal:
State universities are making money by giving affiliation to
innumerable colleges, said Human Resource Development Minister Kapil
Sibal Monday, adding that such varsities need to set up a separate
panel to conduct examinations.....
New Delhi: The central government Monday told the
Supreme Court that it was all set to divest 44 universities of their
special “deemed university” status as they were being run as “family
fiefdoms” rather than institutions of academic excellence.
Appearing for the central government, Solicitor General Gopal
Subramanium made this submission to a bench of Justice Dalveer
Bhandari and Justice Mukundkam Sharma, during the hearing of a 2006
lawsuit, questioning the misuse of the deemed university status by
glut of educational shops.
Subramanium also told
the bench that the government, however, has decided to let these
universities revert back to become affiliated colleges of their
This is to avoid
jeopardising the career of nearly 200,000 students studying in these
institutions across 13 states, he told the court.
In an affidavit filed
in the court, the union human resource development ministry said
that the government has also accepted the recommendations made by
high-powered P.N. Tandon committee, formed to probe the conditions
of the deemed universities across the country.
“The Review Committee
came across several aberrations in the functioning of some of the
institutions deemed to be universities. It found undesirable
management architecture where families rather than professional
academics controlled the functioning of institutions,” the affidavit
According to the
affidavit, most of the 44 deemed universities, failing to maintain
their high standard of academic excellence, were offering
post-graduate and undergraduate courses that are “fragmented with
concocted nomenclatures” and seats “disproportionately” increased
beyond the actual intake capacity.
The bench, during an
earlier hearing in July last year had questioned the need for having
deemed universities in the country in wake of their mushrooming
growth amid complaints that instead of imparting quality education,
they have been fleecing students by commercialising it.
“Why deemed university
at all? Don’t you think the status of deemed university should be
abolished in all the states?” the bench had asked, while directing
the centre to file a detailed affidavit on the deemed universities
and their conditions in the country.
The bench adjourned the
matter after a brief perusal of the affidavit.