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News - Deemed varsities can't use 'University' in their names - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has passed an order, on November 3, directing all the deemed varsities to no more use the word "university" in their names. The top court further asked the University Grants Commission to implement the order within a month.

According to a Zee News report, the SC (Supreme Court) was listening to a case involving the entitlement of the deemed varsities to start engineering courses through distance mode and award degrees for the same.

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.


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