Ministry likely to back UGC on denial to SymbiosisSeptember 26, 2014
The Human Resource Development Ministry is likely to endorse the University Grants Commission’s decision to yet again deny permission to Pune-based Symbiosis University to set up an off-campus centre in Hyderabad. The UGC decision had come in the wake of Supreme Court’s intervention in the matter.
The UGC, during a meeting Monday, decided to stick to its recommendation. An official communication to this effect was received by the ministry Wednesday, sources said. Sources said that even though the final order hasn’t come yet, the ministry has decided to endorse the decision.
Symbiosis University, after being denied permission by the UGC earlier this year, had challenged the decision in court. The UGC had claimed its decision was in view of the ministry’s policy on deemed universities and their expansion. It had also considered reports by the UGC expert committee, the All India Council for Technical Education and the Bar Council of India (BCI). Last week, while hearing a petition by Symbiosis, the Supreme Court pulled up the UGC for allowing the HRD Ministry to be involved in the decision-making process and asked the UGC to take a re-look into the university’s proposal.
“The commission reconsidered the matter in the light of the directions issued by the Supreme Court, and keeping in view the deficiencies pointed out in the UGC’s expert committee report and… resolved not to recommend the proposal of Symbiosis International Deemed to be University to set up an off-campus centre at Mamidpally, district Mahabubnagar,” the minutes of the UGC meeting held on September 22 state. Sources said the university has now challenged the UGC’s latest decision in court as well.