New Delhi, Jan 11 (Agencies): The Union government on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that it would examine afresh its earlier decision to derecognise 44 deemed universities for lacking appropriate academic infrastructure and faculty.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati gave an undertaking to the bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma that the government would reconsider the issue after conducting physical verification of various educational facilities available in the universities and hearing them afresh.

Vahanvati told the court that the government will issue fresh individual notices to the universities it had decided to derecognise earlier but had put a hold on its decision following an order from the apex court. The universities were given an opportunity to explain as to why they should not be derecognised.

The Attorney General told the court that the government would hear all the universities after issuing them individual notices.

The bench, while recording the Attorney General's submission, asked the government to issue notices to various universities within two weeks and give them two weeks thereafter for filing replies.