As the academic session approaches, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again issued its annual list of universities deemed “fake.” This year, the list includes 20 universities that lack the authority to confer any degrees. Alarmingly, Delhi claims the highest number of such institutions, with eight in total.
The UGC secretary, Manish Joshi, has emphasized that degrees awarded by these universities hold no recognition or validity for higher education or employment purposes. The UGC Act strictly prohibits such institutions from granting degrees.
The eight universities in Delhi identified by the UGC are:
- All India Institute of Public & Physical Health Sciences (AIIPHS)
- Commercial University Ltd.
- United Nations University
- Vocational University
- ADR-Centric Juridical University
- Indian Institute of Science and Engineering
- Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment
- Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University)
Apart from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh follows closely with four universities on the list:
- Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith
- National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University)
- Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad
Additionally, other states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Kerala have also been listed with “fake” universities.
The UGC has outlined the complete list on its official website for the public’s reference.
One of the reasons behind the surge in fake universities is the growing demand for higher education in India. As the number of students seeking college degrees increases, so does the opportunity for unscrupulous entities to take advantage of unsuspecting students.
Students and parents are urged to exercise caution and verify the credentials of any university or institution before seeking admission or enrolling in courses. It is essential to check whether a university is recognized and accredited by the UGC or any other relevant statutory body.
The UGC’s efforts to identify and publicize these “fake” universities are aimed at safeguarding the interests of students and maintaining the integrity of the Indian education system. By staying informed and vigilant, students can ensure they pursue their education from legitimate and recognized institutions that can provide them with quality education and valid degrees.