UGC tells deemed varsities to change name

UGC tells deemed varsities to change name

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given an ultimatum to five deemed-to-be-universities in Karnataka including Bengaluru-based Christ University and Jain University, as well as Yenepoya University in Mangalore to "immediately" discontinue the word 'university' with their name.

Issuing a stern directive on Wednesday, it has asked the Christ University, Jain University and Yenepoya University to apply for an alternative name by 4 pm on Thursday, threatening that it will recommend for withdrawal of their deemed-to-be-university status if they fail to do so.

These three institutions have been given an option to change their names as the Central government had notified grant of deemed-to-be-university status to them  with the word "university" with their names.  

The higher education regulator has also sought the KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, JN Medical College Campus, Belagavi and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Udupi, Manipal to "immediately" stop using the word 'University' with their names and "revert back" to their original name as notified by the Central Government after granting deemed-to-be-status to them.

The UGC has issued similar ultimatum to 24 other deemed-to-be-universities including the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, which functions under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.

The move comes days after the UGC sought a total of 123 deemed-to-be-universities, which included 14 from Karnataka, to stop using the word 'University' with their name and apply for an alternative title of their institutions in wake of a Supreme Court verdict in this connection.

A total of 29 deemed-to-be-universities including five from Karnataka are yet to respond to the UGC directive issued on November 10.

"It has been decided to give a last chance to the institution deemed-to-be-university to immediately discontinue with the name of the deemed-to-be-university using the word 'University' and submit an alternative proposal as requested by the commission (earlier this month)," the UGC said in its directive to all 29 institutions.

Failure to comply with these directions would amount to violation of the UGC (institutions deemed to be universities) Regulations, 2016.

"Necessary action would be initiated against such institutions in accordance with the Clause 22.0 of the Regulations which may include recommending withdrawal of the declaration notifying the institution as an Institution Deemed to be University to the Central Government," UGC secretary P K Thakur said.

As per UGC's latest directive, the SYMBIOSIS International University, Pune; Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar; Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Haryana; and the Lingaya's University, Faridabad will have to apply for an alternative name of their institution, either with the HRD Ministry or with the UGC, by 4 pm on Thursday to avoid initiation of action.

"These deemed-to-be-universities were notified with the word 'University' by the Central Government. Since the Supreme Court in its verdict has restrained all deemed-to-be universities from using the word 'University with them, there is no way out. They have to change their names or face consequences," a UGC official said.

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