UGC Pulled 123 Institutions to Remove “UNIVERSITIES” from their Name or lose “DEEMED” status


Ugc latest news on deemed universities – University Grants Commission (UGC) had pulled up 123 deemed to be universities and said that they cannot include the word “university” as per section 23 of UGC Act.

UGC had also warned that these institutions can lose their “deemed to be university” tag if they failed to make the switch.

UGC wrote to 123 institutes twice to First 7 institutions – On 10 & 13 November –

UGC pulled 123 Institutions such as BIT-Mesra in Ranchi, Christ University, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai (NMIMS), Symbiosis International University in Pune, BITS-Pilani, Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Uttar Pradesh Izzatnagar, Graphic Era University in Dehradun & Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar,  to comply with the Supreme Court’s order within 15 days. Of which, UGC did get response from 29 institutions.

The 2nd call was issued to Manipal University & Delhi’s Teri University, KLE University in Belagavi & 19 other institutes. They have been asked to drop the word “university” and change the name in order to comply with rules of UGC.

Manipal University Registrar Dr Narayana Sabhahit said, “After the November 10 UGC circular, Manipal University decided to change the name to Manipal Academy of Higher Education”

He further added “The process of changing the name will be completed before the prescribed deadline… We will be communicating the decision to UGC shortly,” he said. “I would also like to highlight this is just a change of name and our status as deemed to be university remains unchanged.”

These institutes can’t be coined as term “universities” because their expertise is not multidisciplinary but the deemed tag brings academic status and privileges of a university

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