The Madras High Court has ruled that the UGC has the right to continuously impose conditions to make deemed universities maintain their quality as institutions of higher learning.
Justice K Chandru dismissing petitions filed by 14 deemed to be universities and Tamil Nadu Deemed Universities Association challenging the UGC (institutions to be deemed Universities) Regulations 2010, said the institutions had willingly executed a memorandum agreeing to abide by the UGC guidelines and could not now go back on it.
The rules aim at improving education by reducing involvement of family members in managing institutions.The court said the concept of the Trust founder or founder having power to bring his family members does not arise after having established the trust or society.“Once a trust is established, the role of founder is not of a proprietor but to maintain the objectives and ideals for which the trust is formed. The founder is only a trustee and not proprietor.”
Justice Chandru rejected the argument that family members of the founder, who has invested a huge amount in building the institution, could not be prevented from holding the post of chancellors and pro-chancellors.
He said the objective of the trust was to run educational institutions of higher learning and not to have direct or remote control over the said institutions.
“Control by family members will negate the very purpose of learning and jeopardise autonomy of the institutions, besides leading to an undesirable result as found out by a review committee appointed by the Centre,” he said.