Leading deemed universities drop ‘university’ from name
Bachan Thakur, 05 Dec 2017

Following a directive by the University Grants Commission (UGC), leading deemed universities have dropped the name “University” from their name. The move by these educational institutes comes a few days after the UGC had asked 123 Deemed Universities to refrain from using the word ‘University’ and instead use "Deemed to be University". These 123 institutions were asked to comply with the directive within 15 days and also submit a compliance report to the UGC with alternative name.


Read the UGC notification below:


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On November 29, the higher education regulator had again issued 2 separate orders to 29 institutions, asking them to drop ‘university’ name from their name and file a compliance report by 4 pm on November 30 or face necessary action. UGC had written letters to these 29 institutions, the first of which was sent to seven institutes including Symbiosis International University, Christ University and Jain University, while the second letter was sent to 22 institutes like Manipal University, Teri University and KLE University.


UGC official letter to these institutions reads,"It has been observed that inspite of the directions from Hon'ble Supreme Court and UGC, the Deemed to be University is still using the word 'University' with its name. This non-compliance of the orders of Hon'ble apex court and directions of the UGC has been viewed 'very seriously' by the UGC. It has been decided to give a last chance to the Institution Deemed to be University to immediately discontinue with the name of the Deemed to be University using the word 'University' and revert back to the name which was notified by the Government of India. Failure to comply with these directions would amount to violation of the UGC (lnstitutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016 and necessary action would be initiated against the Institution Deemed to be University in accordance with Clause 22.0 of these Regulations which may include recommending withdrawal of the declaration notifying the institution as an Institution Deemed to be University to the Central Government. You are requested to submit compliance in respect of the above by 4.00 PM on November 30, 2017."


Click Here to read the UGC letter to 22 institutions pertaining to non-compliance with UGC's directive 

Click Here to read the UGC letter to 7 institutions pertaining to non-compliance with UGC's directive 


Taking action in line with the UGC’s order, some leading universities have dropped ‘University’ from their name and have come with new names. The list of some of the institutions with new names have been mentioned in the table below.


List of Institutes with new names


Former Name

Changed/Current Name


The Energy and Resources Institute

Teri School of Advanced Studies


VIT University

Vellore Institute of Technology


Manipal University

Manipal Academy of Higher Education


SRM University

SRM Institute of Science & Technology


SYMBIOSIS University

SYMBIOSIS Internation (Deemed University)


Thapar University

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology


Hindustan University

Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science


Sathyabama University

Sathyabama Institute of Science & Technology


Koneru Lakshmaiah University

Koneru Lakshmaiah Educational Foundation


National University of Educational Research and Planning

National Institute of Educational Research and Planning


Yenepoya University

Yenepoya (Deemed to be University)

However, complete information about all the 123 deemed universities complying with the UGC order is not known yet. In case the notified institutions fail to comply, they will have to face punishment. A report by The Indian Express quoted a UGC official saying, “We are yet to go through all the communications from the deemed universities. If there are still institutions which haven’t complied we will prepare a list and dispatch it to the human resource ministry (MHRD) along with the recommended punishment.”


Earlier, Careers360 had reported that Deemed Universities would remove ‘University’ from their name.


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