Centre given time till October 18 to file report on deemed varsities

Committee has completed review, ASG tells Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the Union government time till October 18 to submit a report on the 44 deemed universities for which it had conducted a review pursuant to the Tandon Committee recommendation of de-recognising them.

A Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma passed this order, taking note of Additional Solicitor-General (ASG) Indira Jaising's plea that sought six weeks time to submit a report.

She said the process of review was completed by the panel.

By an April 11 order, the Bench asked the Centre to appoint a committee to review the 44 deemed universities by issuing individual notices, drawing their attention to the deficiencies and seeking explanation and to pass appropriate orders. Pursuant to this order, the Centre appointed a three-member committee, which heard the institutions (except one) individually.

The Bench asked the ASG to give copies of the report to the institutions to enable them to file their response. It directed that the matter be listed for final hearing on November 22.

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