Deemed Universities: Deemed University to be renamed! Parliamentary panel suggested to the government, now it will be recognized

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Deemed Universities as Universities: The Parliamentary Committee has recommended to rename Deemed Universities as Universities by amending Clause 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.

Deemed Universities Name Changed: The government has been urged to consider allowing deemed universities in the country to use the word ‘universities’ to avoid confusion abroad. a parliamentary committee (Parliamentary Panel on Deemed Universities) was requested by The committee said that such a name is not used in foreign countries. The Department of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, in its report, has recommended amendments to clause 23 of the UGC Act, 1956, to allow deemed universities to be removed from the word ‘deemed’.

In its report, the committee said, “The committee has recommended that the government consider the demand of allowing deemed universities to use the word universities by amending clause 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.” The Act states that no institution other than a University established or incorporated by a Central Act, a Provincial Act or a State Act may use the word ‘university’. However, the term ‘deemed university’ creates a lot of confusion abroad as there is no concept of deemed universities in many parts of the world.’

Only 30 percent universities and 20 percent colleges are recognized

It is worth noting here that this was also suggested in the National Education Policy, 2022. The report also talked about streamlining the accreditation process in higher education institutions. The committee, headed by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, has found that only 30 percent of universities and 20 percent of colleges in India are recognized.

Submitting his report before the committee, Higher Education Secretary K Sanjay Murthy said that the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will have the mandate to provide recognition. According to the report, he told the committee that thus the roadmap is clearly defined and they are moving towards this process.