All about Deemed Universities

By Deepak

After completion of graduation, there is hardly any time to take a break to relax and think what to do and where to get admitted. Even though you have a vacation of a month or so, either your teachers, friends or relatives would keep asking you about which university you would be joining and what your future plans are for boosting your academic career. Though these questions may annoy or irritate you, it is quite important to know which stream are you going to take up for higher studies and which university should you get into to chisel an excellent future for yourselves.


Karnataka has universities which are the dream destinations for any student who wishes to go for higher studies. Of course, there are Central Universities, State Universities and Private Universities to choose from; but there are Deemed Universities also which are popular among knowledge seekers due to their sheer performance and delivering up to the expectations of the students. So when you are looking for a university to continue your studies, it is significant to see if the university is run by Centre or State or it is a private or deemed university.

What is a Deemed University?

Deemed university is an accreditation given to institutions providing higher education in India. The accredited institutions enjoy the status of a university. Department of Higher Education confers deserving institutions with the aforementioned status.

According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), any institution, other than the universities, providing higher education has proved its full potential in imparting absolute quality education in a particular area of study, is suitable to be declared a Deemed University. Such a recommendation is made by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to the Central Government. Once these higher educational institutions become Deemed Universities, they start enjoying the same academic status and privileges usually enjoyed by a university.

What are the features of a Deemed University?

  • Full autonomy in courses, syllabus, admissions and fees
  • They can award degrees under their own names
  • Their administer independently
  • The concept of deemed university exists only in India
  • The Deemed status is conferred on both institutes and departments of different universities based on their outstanding performance academically

These are the Deemed Universities in Karnataka under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956

Serial No.NameYear of Establishment
1.Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 12.05.1958
2.Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 1.06.1993
3.National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore 14.11.1994
4.Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore 8.05.2002
5.Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore 17.08.2002
6.International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore 28.02.2005
7.KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum 13.4.2006
8.Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar 25.05.2007
9.Yenepoya University, Mangalore 27.02.2008
10.BLDE University, Bijapur 29.02.2008
11.Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University, Mysore 28.05.2008
12.Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, Tumkur 30.05.2008
13.NITTE University, Mangalore 04.06.2008
14.Christ University, Bangalore 22.07.2008
15.Jain University, Bangalore 19.12.2008

The attached PDF gives you an idea as to what exactly UGC observes in an institute or department of a university to declare it a Deemed University.

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