In view of the reports carried on December 29, 2018, in your esteemed daily, under headline GITAM University degrees are invalid, we are issuing this rejoinder to be published tomorrow to information flows to worried Parents and Students.

GITAM conferred with Deemed to be University Status in the 2007-08 academic year. Till 2018, neither State or Central Government has raised any objection. In the last ten years, the University has received accolades from various regulating bodies in recognizing GITAM Deemed to be University standards. In 2017, prestigious academic standards assessing body NAAC has accredited with A+ Grade to GITAM Deemed to University. In addition to that, MHRD & UGC provided Category ‘1’ graded autonomy to the University.

Having such a legacy, GITAM Deemed to be University’s reputation is put to the stake by some people misrepresenting the facts to disregard the image of the University. With this coverage in the media, students, as well as the parents, are subjected to mental agony and confusion towards the university.

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) was declared as Deemed to be University u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 vide MHRD Notification No.F.9-37/2006-U.3 (A) dt.13-8-2007. Subsequently, GITAM started off campus in the year 2009 at Hyderabad with the approval of MHRD vide letter No: F.10-10/2008-U 3(A) dated December 18, 2008 on the recommendations of the committee constituted with the experts from, UGC and AICTE.

University Grants Commission (UGC) in its communication to GITAM University, dated April 20, 2018, (No.F1-1/2018 (CPP-I/DU), granted category -1 Deemed to be University status.

As per the ministry of Human Resources Development, the Category 1 University will remain with the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off-campus centers, still develop courses, research parks, and any other new academic programs.

Meanwhile a communication from AICTE to GITAM University, dated 29/9/2018, ref no: F. No. AICTE /AB/Deemed Univ./2018-19/02 has informed the university that it has decided to grant approval, since GITAM is a category 1 University and requested to submit information, regarding courses offered at GITAM University.

This is counter-intuitive to the autonomy envisioned by Grade ‘1’ autonomy. We are perusing the matter in this direction.

We wish to bring to your kind notice, successful students from GITAM University, passed on or before 2018, are selected in IIM,IIT’s NIT’s, IIIT’s and NICMAR, to pursue higher education into this prestigious government institutes of national eminence and a considerable number of students pursuing higher education and research in other countries also.

Moreover, further, whereas it is a bounden duty of GITAM Deemed to be University, which is governed by the regulations of University Grants Commission and the Ministry Human Resources Development to safeguard the interests and careers of the students whose seek admission into GITAM Deemed to be University. All parents/students are hereby assured that GITAM University maintained standards beyond the prescribed mandatory norms as laid down by various statutory authorities.