The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday announced a list of 24 “self-styled unrecognized institutions‘ in the country and termed them as “fake” to avoid any misleading admissions in them. The maximum numbers of these universities are operating from Uttar Pradesh, closely followed by the national capital, New Delhi. These universities have no credibility and offered certificates that wouldn’t have been valid for any job position.
Among the 24 universities recognized as fake by UGC, UP leads with eight fake universities, followed by Delhi and several other states. This is concerning because most of the students come to this part of North India for their undergraduate studies and lack of information can have them waste their time and money into fake certificates.
List of the universities declared “fake” by UGC
UGC released a list of these fake universities that are not allowed to confer any degree by misinforming the students and parents. These are:
- Christ New Testament Deemed University
- Commercial University Ltd.
- United Nations University
- Vocational University
- ADR-Centric Judicial University
- Indian Institution of Science and Engineering
- Viswakarma Open University for Self-employment
- Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University)
- Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society
- John’s University
- Raja Arabic University
- Nababharat Shiksha Parishad
- North Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology
- Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education
- Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyala
- Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya (Women’s University)
- Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith
- National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University)
- Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya
- Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya
- Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad
- Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine
- Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research
The official notice had a warning for all students
Ahead of the college admissions, UGC took a proactive step to avoid all sorts of confusions. Warning students, the UGC said, “A degree can be awarded, only a University established under a Central, State/Provisional Act or an institution deemed to be university”. It further said, “Students and public at large are hereby informed that presently following 24 self-styled, unrecognized institutions are functioning in contravention of UGC Act, which has been declared as fake universities,” the official notice read. UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain also repeated this statement, as reported by PTI.
The Policy Times Suggestions
- Government policies for giving land to universities and colleges, verification process and authentication, need to be more strict.
- Students and parents have to be ready for putting in great efforts and research all about a university before applying for admission in it.
- The best way to check the credibility of a university is by checking the alumni list and reading reviews of the past students. This way, you can avoid falling into the trap of such fake universities.
- Annual checking of all universities must be conducted so that these fake universities are tracked from time to time, effectively.