NEW DELHI: The concept of deemed universities will be abolished in India, human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal said on Tuesday,


A day after the government moved an affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking de-recognition of 44 such institutions.

“It is a policy decision that all the deemed universities will finally go,” Sibal told reporters at the 10th Editor’s Conference on social sector issues here. “The concept of deemed universities from the country will go in the near future and this is part of the reform process. We are putting in place the required legislations,” Sibal added.

Kapil Sibal emphasized students in deemed universities will not suffer. “Technically, we haven’t de-recognised any deemed university. We have moved the Supreme Court with an affidavit and a report by the expert committee on deemed universities. Let me assure, no student will suffer,” Sibal told reporters here.

Sibal’s comments come a day after the central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the recognition of 44 deemed universities must be taken away.

“We are going to take care of all students. And government’s intention is not to put any student in problem. All students will get a university degree,” the minister assured.

Sibal said the government had accepted the findings of the committee on de-recognition of 44 deemed universities. “The court will tell us what course of action we will take,” Sibal added.

The country has nearly 100 deemed universities that function as stand-alone universities but don’t give affiliation to other institutions.