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SC notices to HRD Ministry, UGC

The Supreme Court has issued notices to the HRD Ministry and the UGC on a public interest petition alleging that "deemed university" status was being awarded "indiscriminately" to "non-deserving" institutions by passing all procedural safeguards.

education Updated: Apr 12, 2006 15:14 IST

The Supreme Court has issued notices to the HRD Ministry and the UGC on a public interest petition alleging that "deemed university" status was being awarded "indiscriminately" to "non-deserving" institutions by passing all procedural safeguards.

A bench, headed by Justice Ruma Pal, issued the notices on Monday on a PIL filed by Viplav Sharma. Sharma's counsel Sanjay Hegde pointed out that 100-odd institutions enjoyed "deemed university" status throughout the country.

There had been a sharp rise in the number of such universities in recent years, he said. The petition called for an overhaul of the regulations relating to grant of such status. It also drew the court's attention to the fact that very few Indian universities actually figured in the list of top-ranking varsities of the world.

Protest against quota
School and college students in the capital held a protest on Tuesday against the  government proposal to reserve more seats in education institutions for candidates from backward sections of society.

The students had gathered at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium under the banner of ‘United Students’ to protest. "It is election time and the government's intention for such an initiative is obvious," said Rishab Gulati, a student of Delhi University.
The members of United Students also decided to observe April 17 as a ‘Black Day’ to protest the quota policy. They claimed they have mobilised about 60,000 students across the country though e-mails and SMS.