University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently released a list of 21 universities which are fake and bogus and has told students to refrain from taking admissions in these universities. Among these eight are from Uttar Pradesh and six are from Delhi. UGC in a notification pointed out the rest of the universities are one each in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and West Bengal which are bogus and doesn’t have UGC recognition.
According to the UGC Act, 1956 only those institutes which are established under the Central/State/Provincial Act is allowed to call themselves as university. Therefore any university that doesn’t comply with the section 3 of the aforementioned act is prohibited from using the term ‘university’ under section 23 of the same Act.
The six universities which are pointed to be fake in Delhi include some of the well-known names. The list includes names of Varnaseva Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Commercial University Limited, United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR-Central Juridical University and ADR-Central Juridical University.
According to the notice issued by UGC, “Students and public at large are informed that such 21 self-styled and unrecognized institutions, functioning under the contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees further.” This institute often harasses students and tends to play with the futures of lakhs of applicants who get trapped in their lucrative advertisements and placement promises.
UGC often comes out with lists of such fake universities, so that the students can keep a check on the institution they are roping themselves in.