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Is Your Institute Losing The ‘University’ Tag From Its Name?

The institutions are hereby directed to restrain from using the word ‘university’ with its name, failing which necessary action would be initiated in accordance with the UGC Regulations.


The University Grants Commission (UGC) that is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education in the country, issued a notice on November 10 to 123 deemed to be universities regarding the use of the word ‘University’ in their name.

“The institutions are hereby directed to restrain from using the word ‘university’ with its name, failing which necessary action would be initiated in accordance with the UGC Regulations. Instead, these institution may mention the word ‘Deemed to be University’ within parenthesis,” the UGC said in its order.

This move was implemented when the UGC noticed that many institutions were using the word ‘university’ in their name despite having a deemed status. A deemed status is an accreditation awarded to an institution (which is not a university) for its high standard in specific areas of study. These institutions being granted the deemed status by the Department of Higher Education, enjoy academic status and privileges of a university.

It all began when deemed varsities began giving engineering degrees through correspondence courses. The Supreme Court, however, in its November 3 ruling cancelled these engineering degrees. The apex court also suspended such degrees between the year 2001 and 2005 which were granted by deemed universities.

The November 10 UGC order came into action days after the Supreme Court ruled that technical education cannot be  provided through correspondence course.

The same UGC circular, however carried an implicit cognizance saying that some deemed to be universities may not be at fault. The reason for this being the government itself notified the deemed status to these institutions with the use of the word ‘university’ in their name. UGC Secretary PK Thakur stated that such deemed varsities can apply for an alternative name with the HRD Ministry.

Following is the list of the deemed varsities that have been notified with the UGC order:

  1. Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam
  2. Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur
  3. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati
  4. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur
  5. Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology and Research, Guntur
  6. North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology
  7. Nava Nalanda Mahavihara
  8. Punjab Engineering College
  9. Indian Agricultural Research Institute
  10. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
  11. Indian Law Institute
  12. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)
  13. Jamia Hamdard
  14. National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology
  15. National University of Educational Planning & Administration
  16. Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthana
  17. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapith
  18. TERI School of Advanced Studies
  19. Gujarat Vidyapith
  20. Sumandeep Vidyapeeth
  21. Lingaya’s University
  22. Maharishi Markandeshwar University
  23. Manav Rachna International University
  24. National Brain Research Centre
  25. National Dairy Research Institute
  26. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship & Management
  27. Central Institute of Buddhist Studies
  28. Birla Institute of Technology-Mesra
  29. B.L.D.E. University
  30. Christ University
  31. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bangalore
  32. International Institute of Information Technology
  33. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University
  34. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  35. Jain University
  36. K.L.E. Academy of Higher Education and Research
  37. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  38. NITTE University
  39. Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research
  40. Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education
  41. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
  42. Yenepoya University
  43. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  44. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
  45. Kerala Kalamandalam
  46. Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education
  47. Bharati Vidyapeeth
  48. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Fisheries
  49. D.Y. Patil Educational Society
  50. Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences
  51. Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute
  52. Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth
  53. Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics
  54. Homi Bhabha National Institute
  55. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
  56. Institute of Armament Technology
  57. International Institute for Population Sciences
  58. Institute of Chemical Technology
  59. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  60. MGM Institute of Health Sciences
  61. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  62. Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patl Vidyapeeth
  63. Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
  64. SYMBIOSIS International University
  65. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  66. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  67. Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
  68. Kalinga Insitute of Industrial Technology
  69. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences,
  70. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET)
  71. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  72. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
  73. Banasthali Vidyapith
  74. Birla Institute of Technology & Science
  75. Institute of Advanced Studies in Education
  76. I.I.S. (Deemed to be University)
  77. Jain Vishva Bharati Institute
  78. Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth
  79. LNM Institute of Information Technology
  80. Academy of Maritime Education and Training
  81. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  82. Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women
  83. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research
  84. B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science & Technology
  85. Chennai Mathematical Institute
  86. Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE)
  87. Gandhigram Rural Institute
  88. Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS)
  89. Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Higher Education
  90. Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences
  91. Karpagam Academy of Higher Education
  92. Karpagam Academy of Higher Education
  93. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute
  94. Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research
  95. Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education,
  96. Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science & Technology (PMIST)
  97. Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science & Technology (PRIST),
  98. S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology
  99. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
  100. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
  101. Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  102. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya
  103. Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
  104. St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research
  105. Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS)
  106. Vellore Institute of Technology
  107. Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation
  108. Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and
  109. International Institute of Information Technology,
  110. ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
  111. Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences
  112. Bhatkhande Music Institute
  113. Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies
  114. Dayalbagh Educational Institute
  115. Indian Veterinary Research Institute
  116. Jaypee Institute of Information Technology
  117. Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya
  118. Shobit Institute of Engineering & Technology
  119. Santosh University
  120. Forest Research Institute
  121. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
  122. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute