To check any 'irregular practices' in deemed universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has made significant recommendations, including mandatory accreditation and regular monitoring of their standards. The UGC has submitted these recommendations in the form of a regulation to the Ministry of HRD for consideration. 'The regulation says that an institution must have accreditation by either National Board of Accreditation or National Accreditation and Assessment Council for being given deemed university status. It also sets a number of quality parameters like teacher-student ratio and other facilities,' said a senior HRD Ministry official. At present, the existing criteria for deemed university status does not make accreditation a mandatory requirement.
The regulation also says that the deemed universities will have to maintain a teacher-student ratio of one to 20 for general courses. The UGC has framed these guidelines after it received a number of allegations about these institutions resorting to corrupt practices. 'There are allegations that some of these institutions are running distance courses without permission of the Distance Education Council. There are also allegations that certain deemed universities do not have regular teachers,' said an UGC official. A case has also been filed in the Supreme Court about the 'irregularities' in deemed universities. If the regulation is accepted, the quality aspects in deemed universities will be regularly monitored by the UGC. The government can withdraw the deemed university status from institutes if they violate the guidelines.