Deemed Universities in India better understood as deemed-to-be-universities is the status conferred to those high performing higher educational institutes of repute and departments of various universities in India that met the standard set by the University Grant Commission. This status brings these institutes one step closer to be a full-fledged university. Deemed University status is granted by Department Of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on the advice and recommendation of University Grant Commission (UGC) of India. After attaining the status of Deemed University these institutes can design their own syllabus, set their own guidelines regarding admission criteria, make their own fees structure and grant degrees on their own name. Like other universities, Deemed Universities can also offers courses in management, technology, science, pharmacy, architecture, commerce and a few other subjects under distance education mode. Those Deemed Universities which continue to perform well get the status of a full- fledged University in due course of time.
Educational institutes having deemed university status are known and recognized for their high quality education, innovative teaching methods & curriculum and state of art infrastructure .Thus this process of granting the Status of Deemed University to any institute is entirely reversible. If after getting the Deemed University status the concerned institutes can be given a full-fledged University status, then on underperforming this status can also be stripped of as has been done in January 2010.
After a high level enquiry by UGC comprised committee in January 2010, out of the 130 deemed to be universities, only 38 were found to be justify their continuation as deemed universities, another 44 were found to be deficient in some aspects, and were given three years to improve their functioning and be up to the standards set by UGC to retain the status of Deemed University whereas rest 44 were found below par and most likely will lost their esteemed status of being a Deemed University.
List of the 44 Universities which have been granted three years time to justify their Deemed University Status