In line with a Supreme Court order, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has set up a three-member committee to examine the working of deemed universities and suggest ways to regulate them within a period of four months, news reports said.
In November, the SC had cancelled the degrees awarded by four deemed universities as they were conducting distance mode technical education programmes without proper permissions. The four deemed universities are JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE), Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI) and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF).
The Supreme Court then asked the central government to institute a committee of eminent persons to study issues like deemed universities and distance education and then suggest ways to regulate them.
The panel, headed by former chief justice of Patna High Court L Narasimhan Reddy, comprises Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, additional secretary in the HRD Ministry and Anil Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).