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Common Entrance for Deemed Universities by UGC

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Directives have been issued to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct admissions in the deemed universities on the basis of an entrance exam while the admission fees should be regulated according to the proposal setup by the fee fixation panels. Last year, the UGC had set up a committee under Pondicherry University Vice Chancellor Professor J.A.K. Tareen to examine the admission process and fee structure in the institutes which were under UGC's lens to acquire the deemed status. The changes recommended by the committee has been accepted by both UGC and HRD Ministry's review committee, comprising of four members, set up under the reign of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to study the functioning of all 127 deemed universities in the country.

Improvisation in the admission procedures too falls in the recommendation of Ministry's review committee report that has although finished its work but its details are yet to be public. It has also advocated to taper the difference of fees in government-aided institutes and deemed universities. The HRD committee, while pointing out the shortcomings of the deemed universities, commented that around 127 of them are not par with their quality of education and faculty and needs upgradation in a big way in order to hold on to their deemed status. Apart from the Tareen committee, the UGC, which is also conducting the inspection on the deemed universities, has been less critical of the situation. Submitting its report to the ministry for 70-odd universities, it has found it lacking on the compliance issues.

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