Deemed-to-be-Universities in India

Deemed-to-be-University’ is a status of autonomy awarded to certain learning centers as well as departments of several universities that have proved their excellence in various fields of study. In India, the Department of Higher Education, Union Human Resource Development Ministry, grants this status as per the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

A ‘deemed-to-be-university’ can enjoy full autonomy as well as all other privileges of a university. Usually, such institutions in India offer education and research opportunities in a large variety of fields including medical, physical, maritime and fisheries education, languages, social and population sciences, dairy and forest research, armament technology, yoga, music, information technology and many more. To achieve the status of a ‘Deemed-to-be-University’ under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, an institute in India is required to submit the following documentary proof:

A. Regarding the institution:

  • Name and details (address, year of foundation, if multi-faculty or multi-discipline) of the institute
  • Fellow institutions working under the parent body
  • Name of the sponsoring body
  • Whether registered as not-for-profit society or trust under the Societies Registration Act or the Public Trust Act (as per the UGC Regulations, 2010)
  • Affiliating university
  • Whether all of their assets are legally transferred
  • Whether they are categorized under General or De-novo category
  • Research programs already conducted
  • Location, motto and goals of the institute

B. Regarding the academic programs and activities:

  • Details of the programs
  • Details of traditional and other degrees offered
  • Training programs, Degree or Diploma programs offered
  • Approval of the University or Statutory council for the academic programs
  • Scopes for interdisciplinary learning and research
  • Process of unique teaching and learning, and assessment system
  • Both state and program-wise: total number of admissions, results, placement record, details of major recruiters, average salary package etc. (for the last 3 years)

C. Regarding teaching faculties:

  • Department-wise approved number of faculties and filled up posts with their details (for the last 3 years)
  • Distribution of full-time, Ad-hoc, part-time staff (for the last 3 years)
  • Details of the ministerial and technical staff associated with each department

D. Regarding infrastructure and facilities:

  • Total land, type of building (permanent / lease / rent), areas of academic building, administrative building, and library
  • Number and details of laboratories, lecture theaters, hostels (gender-wise), auditorium, seminar halls, teacher’s residence, faculty guest-house, staff quarters
  • Research and other central facilities

E. Regarding publications and equipment:

  • Department-wise number and cost of books, journals, equipment
  • Details of modern information sources

F. Regarding research activities:

  • Books and research papers published by the faculties, details of general, sponsored or extramural research projects (for the last 3 years)
  • National or international events attended or organized
  • Details of Intellectual Properties, inter-disciplinary orientation, and research linkages
  • Research programs offered

G. Regarding innovative courses

  • Contribution to teaching and research

H. Regarding financial state:

  • Details of funding and the funding body
  • Budget estimation, receipt and expenditure (for the last 5 years)

However, while submitting the proposal for “Deemed-to-be-University’ status, an institution might also need to submit some other evidences apart from these as per the current UGC norm.