NEW DELHI : Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, and Bharti Vidyapeeth University, Pune, are among eight universities regaining the status of  “deemed universities” from the Human Resources Development Ministry following a review of their performance three years after the downgrading of 44 such universities by a panel.

Five others who appeared for reassessment but still fell short in meeting the criteria, included Padmashree Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth, Mumbai, Symbiosis International University, Pune, and Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior.

They and the remaining 31 who did not either take part in the fresh review by the panel of academics like P N Tandon, G Mehta, M Miri and M Anandakrishnan have five more months to address the deficiencies.

Those invited for the reassessment were the universities put in category “B” in the 2009 review for scoring between 18 and 30 marks and given three years to take corrective steps. Only 38 had made it to category “A” to be qualified as the “deemed universities.”

Forty-four others scoring less than 18 marks in the 2009 review participated by 126 of the 130 deemed universities were declared “unworthy” and their “deemed” tag was withdrawn, leading to them moving the Supreme Court. The assessment was carried out on nine parameters like teaching, research and governance.

The ministry sources said five who failed again and 31 others who did not turn up for reassessment stay put in category “B” with no immediate threat, but their status will be decided after March and before the start of the next academic session.

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