The Supreme Court's decision has come as a major blow for several varsities. There are 117 deemed varsities in India, many of them seeking the status of full-fledged private universities. The court further added that varsities and institutes can award degrees but can't use the word 'University' by virtue of Section 23 of the UGC Act.
"I wish the Supreme Court while this direction, should have detailed and discussed these provisions of UGC Act, 1956. I am also surprised to note that the Supreme Court feels that the Deemed Universities are unregulated, which is not the case, in fact they are the most regulated rather controlled segment," told Ravi Bhardwaj, a lawyer who has represented deemed universities in court.