New Delhi: The Union HRD Ministry has told the Supreme Court that it has given sufficient opportunity to 130 deemed universities to explain their academic performance before deciding to de-recognise 44 of them for failing to meet the requisite standards.
Stoutly defending its decision, the Centre in its additional affidavit said its high-powered review committee and task force was more concerned with the academic excellence of these universities, rather than the infrastructural facilities.
A special bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari would take up the matter on Monday when the apex court reopens after the week-long Holi recess.
"That the review committee was concerned, not so much with availability of land, buildings, other infrastructure, institutional finance, but primarily with issues relating to academic and research excellence, innovation, emerging areas of knowledge, post graduate education, governance structures and an overall milieu conducive to the concept of a university," the affidavit said.
The government rejected the claims of the aggrieved universities that they were not given any opportunity to present their view points before putting them on the hit-list for de-recognition. The apex court had earlier restrained the government from de-recognising the universities until it decided the dispute.