According to the latest decision by Supreme court, only those institutions who are mentioned in Section 22 (1) of the UGC (University grant commission) Act, 1956 are authorized to publish “Degree” and those who aren’t would not be competent to do the same.
The Bench of Judges noticed that the right to give degrees can be offered only by the University established or set up by or under – Central Act, a Provincial Act or a State Act or by Institutions deemed under Section 3 of the UGC Act or by an Institution which is specially empowered by an Act of Parliament in order to grant degrees. This enforcement came as an effect by an appeal filed by Institutions of Mechanical Engineers (India), a Society registered under the societies Registration Act, 1860.
The above society has been conducting bi-annual examinations and upon its completion issues a certificate “Associate member of Institution of Engineers”. The Supreme court has nullified the petition filed by the Institution for granting the certificate equivalence that to a justified “degree”. Degree provided to any candidate is very crucial for its career and thus a candidate should make sure to have a prior check on the Institution providing it.
According to Supreme Court the appellant can sought after these details:
In terms of section 22 (1) of UGC Act the mandate of Parliamentary legislation cannot be circumvented or nullified by awarding certification issued to appellant. The weightage of these certificates totally depends on the Institution providing them.
As per the final verdict by the High Court ,the society cannot be entitled to confer any degree nor it can claim that the certificate issues by the society be equal to the Degree of Mechanical Engineering.