SC disapproves UGC process of inspection by photographs and *****-camera
UGC, the apex regulator of Higher Education in the country has found itself in line of fire from the Apex Court of the Country.
While hearing Petitions filed by some Deemed Universities, Supreme Court had earlier sought response from UGC as to modus operandi followed for assessment of Deemed Universities. It was hearing Application questioning the process of assessment of UGC by aid of photographs and presentations.
The matter after being adjourned on 23.09.2014 and 25.09.2014, was heard finally on 26.09.2014.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court disapproving the process of assessment by photographs and presentations observed in its order dated 26.09.2014 as under:
“ The singular grievance that has been agitated in the aforesaid I. As. is that the UGC instead of taking recourse to physical inspection of the concerned institution, have adopted an innovative modus operandi by inspecting through photographs and ***** camera. We cannot conceive of such a situation.
In our considered opinion, inspection would mean in all its connotative expanse physical inspection from all scores and spectrums. Neither the petitioners can have a restrictive or constricted meaning on the same nor the UGC can put a gloss over it. A physical inspection is fundamentally a physical inspection and we so repeat at the cost of repetition.”
While disapproving the process of photographs and *****-presentations, the Apex Court directed UGC to inspect the institutions, who had filed Applications within a period of 12 weeks. It also directed that after the inspection is conducted, UGC shall point out the defects/defaults to the concerned Institution allowing them reasonable time to rectify the same.
The Apex Court has further clarified that it is only after some reasonable time has been granted to the inspected University to rectify the defect, the Report shall be submitted to Central Government and the Court.
The Central Government relying on the photographs and presentations method of P N Tandon Committee painted an ugly picture of Deemed Universities in India for last 5 years. Did it ever make sense??? The Deemed Universities suffered.
It is now bye bye Tandon Committee !!
UGC submits report on Deemed Universities
UGC considered report submitted by its Sub-Committee headed by vice-chairman H. Devraj that examined the 41 Deemed Universities, which were de-recognised by the HRD Ministry, following Report of Tandon Committee.
The Sub-Committee has upgraded 34 of the Deemed University and has recommended that either some of them satisfy the criterion of being a Deemed University or some of them, though can continue to be a Deemed University, needs to take certain corrective steps.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 21.01.2014 had directed UGC to examine all the reports including Tandon Committee Report and submit report within 8 Weeks. However, Supreme Court extended the time line from time on request from UGC.
Later on request from UGC to visit all the concerned Universities, Supreme Court again extended the time. However, UGC dropped the idea of the visit and constituted a 4 member committee to examine into the Reports and also to **** for presentation and information from the aggrieved Deemed Universities.
Some of the Deemed University later challenged this approach of UGC before Supreme Court and UGC has been directed to file its reply. The matter will be heard today in Supreme Court.
Whatever happens, some light to many after years of darkness, the argument may continue!