UGC Forbids Deemed To Be Universities From Using 'University' In Names
In a letter dated November 10, UGC has asked 123 Deemed-to-be-Universities to drop the word 'University' from their names. The letter cites the Supreme Court order dated November 3, 2017 and says that the use of word 'University' by Deemed-to-be universities is in violation of the Section 23 of the UGC Act. The court has asked Deemed to be Universities to stop using the word within one month of the issue of the Court order.
In its order Supreme Court has stated, "We must also put on record what we have observed during the course of the hearing and consideration of the present matters. It has come to our notice that many institutions which are conferred the status of Deemed to be Universities are using the word "University", which in our view is opposed to the spirit of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The UGC shall take appropriate steps for stop such practice."
The court has also directed UGC to take proper steps to implement the Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.
The Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956 says, "No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Ac[ a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word "University" associated with its name in any manner whatsoever."
The Deemed to be Universities cannot mention the word University as a suffix to the institution name but can use Deemed to be University within parenthesis.
In those cases, where the Government of India Notification is with the word 'University', the Deemed to be University may submit a proposal with alternative name (without using the word 'University') to the UGC/Ministry of HRD so that necessary amendment can be made by the Ministry of HRD.
Institutes like GITAM, IIFT, ILBS, Jamia Hamdard, Manav Rachna International University, BIT Mesra, Christ University, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore etc. can no longer use the word University in their name.
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