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No student will suffer: Sibal

In a bid to assuage students thrown into uncertainty, the government assured that not a single student of all 44 blacklisted deemed university would be affected. HT Correspondent reports.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2010 00:16 IST

In a bid to assuage students thrown into uncertainty, the government on Tuesday assured that not a single student of all 44 blacklisted deemed university would be affected.

“Not a single child, not a single student will be adversely affected. Students of these universities will get university degrees,” Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Sibal made the statement a day after the Centre informed the Supreme Court that it had decided to withdraw the deemed university status from 44 institutions across the country.

The deemed status allows an institution greater freedom from government control, as it is free to start new courses and increase intake at will.

An expert committee had reviewed the functioning of 126 of the 130 deemed universities in the country and found 44 of them unworthy for the status.

Asked whether the unfit deemed universities would be reverted back to the status of college, Sibal said: “I do not want to pre-empt what the Supreme Court will decide.”

The matter will come before the apex court on January 25.

No deemed university has been de-recognised yet.

Meanwhile, HRD officials said the 44 deemed universities would not be shut down. They would only lose their deemed university status and revert to being regular colleges.

Officials said the government was preparing to follow the action plan suggested by the task force set up to review the status of deemed universities.

The action plan suggests that all deemed universities found unsuitable for such status should revert to being a college affiliated to a state university. This will enable students to continue their studies and get a degree from the affiliating university.

“Students have nothing to worry about. Many of the institutions such as Christ College, Bangalore, are good. But they did not fulfill the demands of research, expansion, etc, that a deemed university status required,” said an official.