Supreme Court has instructed HRD ministry to not interfere in the functioning of University Grants Commission (UGC). According to the Supreme Court, the interference is not required and UGC is required to work independently. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

The instructions were passed after a petition was filed by Symbiosis International University (SIU) against the UGC’s decision to block its proposal for setting up an off-campus centre in Hyderabad. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

The UGC had earlier decided on July 22 to not recommend the proposal in view of the HRD Ministry’s policy on deemed universities and their expansion.  It was revealed that the final decision take by UGC was taken after considering the comments of HRD Secretary’s. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

The court then asked why the HRD Ministry was involved in the decision-making process, since the UGC was expected to apply its mind independently.

Appearing for the government, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said the UGC panel must have a member from the ministry.

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