Deemed universities can run upto 6 off-campuses, says MHRD

Deemed universities can run upto 6 off-campuses, says MHRDDeemed Universities can now setup and run upto a maximum of six off-campuses, beyond their approved geographical jurisdiction, said an official guideline by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). According to MHRD officials, while private deemed universities can run as many as six centres across the country, there would be no cap on the number of campuses a government-run deemed university can setup. This means that the government-run deemed universities have been kept out of this purview.

The MHRD move comes as an approval to a proposal submitted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in this regard. This decision of MHRD is expected to benefit many premier institutions including Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Indian School of Mines Dhanbad, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Banasthali University (Rajasthan) as these institutes were earlier served notices for violating UGC rules for setting up off-campuses.

UGC at that time had asked ten institutions (including some top ones) to close their off-campus centres with immediate effect. The institutes which were served notices included Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, and Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) University, Indian School of Mines Dhanbad, Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology (PRIST), Banasthali University (Rajasthan), The Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior and Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), UP.

MHRD has also accepted another proposal of UGC, setting up criteria for the appointments of Vice Chancellors (VCs) at deemed universities. According to the new criteria, the candidates to be appointed as VCs at deemed university need to have a minimum of 10 years of experience as a professor in university system or he/she should have an equivalent experience in a reputed research or academic organisation. The details for composition of search and selection committees for selection have also been finalized.

Deemed to be universities are the academic institutions recognised by the government through an executive order, or an act of either Parliament or state legislatures. Deemed universities enjoy a greater liberty in terms of setting syllabi, offering admissions to students and charging fee as compared to the regular universities. 

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