Five colleges which had claimed to have acquired the deemed university status and were not following the fee structure prescribed by the Shiksan Shulka Samiti (SSS) got a jolt on Tuesday after the Maharashtra University of Health Science (MUHS) said on Tuesday that these colleges were not de-affiliated and hence cannot claim to be an independent university.
The MUHS told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that they have not yet de-affiliated these five colleges – three medical and dental colleges run by the Dr DY Patil Trust and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Colleges in Navi Mumbai and in Aurangabad – and hence are still colleges and not universities.
The claim of five private colleges that they have got deemed status from the University Grants Commission (UGC) was challenged by Parents Association of Medical Students (PAMS) following which MUHS was called by the HC to clarify the issue.
According to the affidavit filed by the MUHS it was stated that the batch of students admitted for the academic year 2006-07 are still affiliated to the MUHS and the colleges will only be de-affiliated from the next academic year.
In order to acquire a deemed university, a college has to acquire a certificate from the UGC. The UGC grants this certificate only after the MUHS would de-affiliate these colleges as colleges. However, in this case, the five colleges had claimed to have acquired the deemed university status without the MUHS de-affiliating them.
A draft ordinance issued by the UGC was produced in the court which stated that these colleges were granted university status, provided the MUHS de-affiliates them.
A division bench of Justice FI Rebello and Justice SJ Vazifdar disposed off the petition filed by PAMS as their prayer was granted for the current academic year.