With the Centre informing the Supreme Court that only 14 out of the 44 deemed universities facing de-recognition had been reviewed from April, a Bench on Friday granted it another four weeks for completion of the exercise covering the remaining institutions, and asked it to submit a report.
The Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma turned down Additional Solicitor-General Indira Jaising's request for another 10 weeks' time.
In a brief order, the Bench said: “In the interest of justice, we deem it appropriate to permit S.K. Ray to continue on the Committee of Officers till the proceedings before the committee are concluded. This application is disposed of accordingly.”
By its April 11 order, the Bench asked the Centre to appoint a committee to review the 44 universities by issuing individual notices, drawing their attention to their deficiencies and seeking explanation, and to pass appropriate orders.
In response, the Centre filed an application stating notices had been issued on April 25. The Committee of Officers, comprising Ashok Thakur, Special Secretary (Technical); S.K. Ray, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser: and N.K. Sinha, Additional Secretary (Technology Enabled Learning), was undertaking the review. So far, 14 universities had been given a hearing and the others were yet to be heard.
Though Mr. Ray had superannuated on June 30, the Centre permitted him to continue as a member of the committee till the conclusion of the hearing. It sought a further 10 weeks to complete the review.
The application said no prejudice would be caused to the institutions by extension of time since admissions for 2011-2012 had already been made. These would, however, be subject to the result of this case.
Further hearing is posted to August 24.