Jain University and Christ University in Bangalore are shortlisted to be derecognised. When Deccan Herald contacted students, who appeared quite unruffled, expressed their confidence in the institutions.
Steven Christian Rincha, 2nd year MBA student, said, “ I do not think that our degrees are in any real jeopardy. Christ University is a genuinely reputed institution. In fact they have already called all students for a meeting and assured us that Christ will continue to be a deemed University. The Central government’s decision is a big surprise, because our infrastructure is amongst the best in the country. In fact a review committee from the UGC in September had said that the university had met all criteria. The only area where the committee reportedly wanted improvement was research.”
Diwakar, a 1st BSc student, said, “We are still in our first year and we have two years to go before the question of degree actually arises. I am sure the management will sort the issue with the government.”
Satish, another first year BSc student said: “I am not even aware of the news. But the government cannot recognise and derecognise varsities on its own whims. Christ was granted university status only recently and surely the varsity cannot become that much better or worse in the space of months.”
Priyanka Sheshadri, first year, Mass Communication student said, “The HRD Ministry should have been cautious while granting deemed university status before it initiated the process, instead of announcing the derecognition midway through.” Sheshadri added that Jain University for decades has been considered with high regard for its academic performance and research programmes.
Rhea Kumar, first year, B Com student, said, “We are confident about the institutions and believe in them. The HRD Ministry may be right in its decision but it should ensure that students’ careers are not jeopardised when they graduate three years from now.”
Mathew, a 2nd BCom student said: “The government is supreme. If the government decides that the varsities do not deserve deemed status then nothing can be done. But I hope that the decision will not affect our degrees in a big way.”