University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the list of 127 Institutions of Higher Education which have been declared as ‘Deemed to be Universities’ and directed them to restrain from using the word university.
As per the notice issued by the Commission, ‘Deemed to be University’ should drop the word University from their name. Instead, the institution may mention the word ‘deemed to be university’ within parenthesis.
According to the notice, the Institutes are not allowed to use the term “University” in their advertisements, website, website addresses, e-mail addresses, letterheads, communications, hoardings, etc. Failure to do so will invite necessary action against the deemed to be university in accordance with the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations
The Notice released by UGC reads – “No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word “University” associated with its name in any manner whatsoever.”
In another notice issued by UGC to Universities and colleges, the commission has asked not to compel students into paying fees immediately and look into individual cases sympathetically. The Commission also asked the vice-chancellors and principals to offer alternative payment options to students till the situation returns to normal.
The letter was issued by the commission after receiving grievances from the students and parents stating that universities and colleges are insisting upon immediate payment of annual, semester tuition fee, examination fee, etc.