The Human Resource Development Ministry has finally come out with a clarification on the furore regarding its alleged 'UGC is redundant' statement. The Ministry dismisses the claims and calls it misleading and an attempt to paint the Government with a negative brush. It further states that the Ministry has never issued such a statement either during the Counsel's argument or in any affidavit.
The issue came up during two separate cases being heard on 14th October by the Supreme Court. These cases involved Manakula Vinayagar Academy of Higher Education and the SRM Deemed to be University. Paramjit Singh Patwalia, while arguing the case in his capacity as the Additional Solicitor General of India, stated that the High Courts of Mardas and Karnataka have put forward different views on Institutions (Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010. While one of them has upheld the regulations, the other Court has quashed them. The clarification states that in light of these orders, the newspapers' claims stand misleading. According to the newspapers, Centre is of the view that High Court of Karnataka's order is applicable to the entire country.
On the contrary, taking swift action, the Government has already filed an appeal, challenging the order of the Karnataka High Court wherein the court quashed Regulations. Additionally, the ASG requested for the apex court's permission to transfer the pending appeals of the Karnataka High Court to the Supreme Court to ensure that utmost quality of education is maintained by the Institutions Deemed to be Universities.