The Ministry for Human Resources Development (MHRD) had issued a notification yesterday to provide more freedom for deemed universities to start courses of their choice without waiting for the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval. The MHRD deserve kudos for this red tape cutting measure.

More colleges need to be brought under the deemed universities. Many important insitutions like St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Madras Chrisitian College, St. Stephen’s College should be converted into deemed universities to offer quality professional education. With the onset of job relevant courses, demand for arts and humanities courses are diminishing. At this critical situation most of the reputed old colleges are suffering because of the lack of deemed university status.

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