The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has set up a three-member committee to separately hear each of the 44 deemed-to-be-universities — found unfit to retain the deemed university statusby a review committee constituted by the government — and prepare a reasoned and comprehensive report to be placed before the Supreme Court by April 25.

The committee comprises A.S. Thakur, Additional Secretary (Technical Education) as the Chairperson; Sunil Kumar, Additional Secretary (Higher Education); and N.K. Sinha, Additional Secretary (Technology Enabled Learning) as its members.

It has been set up following the January 11 directive of the Supreme Court that the 44 educational institutions, set to lose the deemed university status, be heard.

The Ministry has issued notices to the universities and after receiving their response the committee shall forward the response to the review committee.

The comments of the review committee will then be communicated to the universities.

Each institution will be individually heard by the three-member committee, which will prepare a reasoned report and, thereafter prepare a comprehensive report, which shall be submitted to the Supreme Court.

The review committee comprising P.N. Tandon, Mrinal Miri, Goverdhan Mehta and Anandakrishnan had reviewed the deemed-to-be-universities and divided them in three categories.

As many as 44 such universities were found unfit to become deemed university on an aggregate assessment.

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