The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to submit by August 24 its report on 44 deemed universities which were given fresh opportunity to bring their infrastructure to acceptable levels to retain 'deemed' status after being red flagged by a central committee.
The human resources development (HRD) ministry requested a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma to extend the August 24 deadline by 10 weeks to file the report, saying it was yet to inspect infrastructure in 30 universities.
But the bench refused and asked additional solicitor general Indira Jaising, who appeared for the Centre, to ensure the work was completed and the report presented to the court before the next date of hearing.
The court had ordered review of the 44 institutions on January 11, following which the HRD ministry had formed a three-member committee headed by special secretary (technical) Ashok Thakur and comprising additional secretaries S K Ray and N K Sinha. Ray's retirement had forced the ministry to seek an extension.
Citing the time-taking exercise to examine infrastructure facilities at the deemed universities, the bench wondered how Professor P N Tandon Committee, which had blacklisted 44 institutions, was able to complete the task of hearing all deemed universities across the country in just three days.