The Symbiosis Institute has been permitted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to open an off-site campus in Noida for teaching law. A review committee of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had earlier listed Symbiosis among the 44 deemed universities which had been given a three year deadline by the ministry to fulfill the criteria to be tagged a deemed university.
Another list of 44 varsities consisted of deemed universities that did not qualify the criteria. Symbiosis had earlier been allowed to carry out its current activities without being deemed a university. The committee had given Symbiosis a zero while judging whether it qualified the criterion for being called a university. UGC Chairperson Sukhdeo Thorat, recently mentioned that the decision has been taken in concensus with the suggestions of the HRD ministry and stated that Symbiosis had been in the list of universities that had been given three years to improve instead of the list containing unfit deemed universities.