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No Immediate Step to Scrap 44 Deemed Universities : SC

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In a major relief to 44 deemed universities facing derecognition in the light of HRD ministry’s Tandon Committee report, Supreme Court on Monday ordered that no immediate step be taken by the Centre to scrap them.

This order is expected to calm thousands of students, many of whom had turned violent due to uncertainty about their future. “Maintain status quo in the matter,” the SC said on Monday.

A Bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Patnaik said, “Nothing will happen to your institution or to students there. Before taking a final decision, the SC will scrutinize both reports — one by the University Grants Commission review committee that did not find anything amiss in these institutions and the other by Tandon committee, that blacklisted them — and give each of them a chance to put their side of view.”

The court issued notices to all 44 deemed universities, asked the Centre to furnish all details of the task force report as well as the UGC review committee report and posted the matter for further hearing on March 8.

Source: Time of India

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