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DEHRADUN: As many as 123 institutions of higher education which are deemed to be universities have been directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to refrain from using the word ‘university’ in their names.
In a circular issued on November 10, a copy of which is with TOI, UGC secretary PK Thakur citing a Supreme Court order dated November 3, has directed the heads of these institutes that they should “restrain from using the word ‘university’ within one month from today.” “Instead, the institution may mention the word ‘deemed to be university’ within parenthesis.
Failure to do so will invite necessary action against the deemed to be university in accordance with the UGC (lnstitutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016,” the circular says.
Among the list of institutions which have been sent the directive are the Delhi-based Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Pusa), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and Jamia Hamdard.
Other institutions on the list include the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, BIT Mesra (Ranchi), Christ University, Bengaluru, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Symbiosis International University, Pune, BITS Pilani, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar (UP), Graphic Era University, Dehradun and Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar among others.
Through the circular, the institutions have also been told that “in those cases where the government’s notification is with the word ‘university’, the deemed to be university may submit a proposal with an alternative name (without using the word ‘university’) to the UGC/ministry of HRD so that necessary amendment can be made by MHRD.” The institutions have been asked to ensure compliance “within 15 days from receipt of the letter.”
Reacting to the circular, the representatives of most of the institutions approached by TOI claimed that they were already using “deemed to be university” in their names.
R K Singh, director of Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) situated in Izatnagar, Bareilly, said, “UGC’s order will have no impact on IVRI as we do not use the word ‘university’ in our name since the beginning because our research institute is more important than the varsity.
For academic-related work, we mention IVRI and use the phrase ‘deemed to be university’ in brackets.”
(With inputs from Haridwar & Bareilly)