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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new regulations for Deemed Universities and removed the ceiling on the number of off-campus centres. The new guidelines also give a time bar of seven months for the UGC and Human Rresource Development (HRD) ministry to process applications for setting up new centres.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani has announced the new guidelines for Deemed Universities at a Press Conference yesterday. She also said the permission to open off-campus centres would only be given to the highest ranked deemed universities. 
The new regulations also allow setting up of off-campus centres abroad but for that additional permission of the Home Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs would be needed. It has also been decided that Universities will not be able to charge more than Rs 10,000 at the time of counselling and capitation fee will not be allowed.
Deemed Universities have also been given more freedom in opening new departments related to core areas, for which they now don't have to immediately seek the permission of the regulator.

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