Rajiv Gandhi Youth Institute Deemed-to-be-University

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu-based Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development was declared an 'Institution Deemed-to-be-University' by the Human Resource Development Ministry this evening.

The Ministry said in a statement it acted on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission and the move was subject to compliance with various requirements.

The statement said the status was granted under 'de novo' category provisionally for five years subject to a ''review at the end of each year by the UGC with the help of an Expert Committee.'' The category signifies pursuit of newer areas of study, a senior HRD official explained.

At the same time, the Institute is required to ''ensure that the nomenclatures of the degrees... awarded by it are specified by the UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956.'' The statement made it clear that the Institute ''shall offer only those academic courses that will conform to the norms and standards'' set by the UGC and other statutory bodies.

It is also required to get its academic courses or programmes rated by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

The statement said the status ''shall be confirmed'' after five years on the basis of the annual reviews ''and recommendations of the Commission thereon.'' The Ministry made it clear that the Institute ''shall not conduct its proposed academic courses through the distance mode without prior permission from the competent authorities.'' The announcement said the Institute ''shall continue to receive financial support from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.'' UNI MJ RP AKJ KP1939

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