Submission of applications for Deemed to be University status – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Institutions of higher education are declared as Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 which provides as under:- “The Central Government may, on the advice of he Commission, declare by notification in the Official Gazette, that any institution for higher education, other than a University, shall be deemed to be a University for the purposes of this Act, and on such a declaration being made, all the provisions of this Act shall apply to such institution as if it were a University within the meaning of clause (f) of section 2.”
Both are same. In fact, the actual terms is ‘Deemed to be University’.
  • To award degrees which are specified by the UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956 by offering courses in UGC/Ministry of HRD approved campuses under regular mode with the approval of the concerned Statutory Council(s).
  • Freedom to revise the curriculum.
  • Conduct examination and evaluation.
All the details are available in the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2019. These Regulations are available on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in.
Kindly go through the eligibility criteria under clause 4.00 of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2019 for general category and clause 6.04 for applying under de-novo category.
General Category De-Novo Category
Existing Institutions fulfilling the eligibility criteria under Regulation clause 4.01 can apply under general category.
  • De-novo Category (existing Central/State/UT Government institutions)
  • Existing Central/State/UT Government institutions devoted to study and research in unique and emerging areas of knowledge not being pursued can apply under de-novo category. Existing self-financing/Private Institutions can not apply under de-novo category.
  • De-novo Category (setting up of a new institution).
  • Any sponsoring body, with a proven track record in education, can submit an application on-line to the UGC for setting up a new Institution Deemed to be University devoted to study and research in unique and emerging areas of knowledge not being pursued by existing institution.
The eligibility criteria for applying for Deemed to be University status under general category is at Regulation Clause 4.0 of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2019 and the application can be submitted on-line through UGC portal http://deemed.ugc.ac.in.
The eligibility criteria for applying for Deemed to be University status under de-novo category is at Regulation Clause 6.04 of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2019 and the application can be submitted on-line through UGC portal http://deemed.ugc.ac.in.
A Corpus Fund of Rs. 10 crore is required to be created for general category institutions and Rs. 25 crore for de-novo institutions in the name of the proposed Deemed to be University. The Corpus Fund is required to be submitted alongwith the application form.
It will be the choice of the existing students to get degree from present affiliating University or from the Deemed to be University.
The Institution is not fulfilling the eligibility criteria in case pre-qualified is not cleared.
The required infrastructure will be the same as for general category Institutions in case of de-novo institutions. These institutions have to create the necessary infrastructure before getting the Deemed to be University status.
If the UGC Expert Committee recommends that the Institution falls under de-novo category, UGC may recommend to the Government of India for issuing Letter of Intent (LoI) to the sponsoring body to establish the Institution. After establishing the Institution in accordance with the terms & conditions of LoI, the sponsoring body may approach the Government of India for getting Deemed to be University status.
Please go to http://deemed.ugc.ac.in and go to the user manual for stepwise procedure.