Symbiosis and Other Varsities Asked to Remove ‘University’ from their Names

Devanshi Sharma updated on : 13 Nov 2017

UGC instructs as many as 123 deemed-to-be universities to drop the work 'University' from their names.

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As per a circular citing a Supreme Court order dated November 03, 2017, UGC secretary PK Thakur instructs deemed-to-be varsities to remove ‘University’ from their names. Around 123 institutions that are deemed to be universities are asked to abstain from using the word ‘University’ in their names as directed by UGC (University Grants Commission).    

The heads of such institutions are instructed to remove the word ‘University’ from their institute’s name within one month from November 3, 2017. Failure to do as asked will attract necessary action against the deemed university, however, they can choose to use ‘deemed to be university’ within parenthesis.  

The list includes Delhi-based Indian Agriculture Research Institute (Pusa), Jamia Hamdard, Forest Research Institute, BIT Mesra, BITS Pilani, Symbiosis International University, Christ University among many others.

The deemed to be university need to send a proposal with an alternative name to the UGC/Ministry of MHRD so that the necessary amendments can be made. The institutions are asked to comply within 15 days from the receipt of the letter.

Responding to the circular, RK Singh, director of Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) said that the amendment wouldn’t cause any impact on IVRI as they already don’t use ‘University’ in their institute’s name. However, they do mention IVRI and ‘deemed to be university’ in brackets for academic-related work.   

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