The University Grants Commission (UGC) has identified approximately 20 universities across the country as fraudulent, with a majority of them located in Delh

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has identified approximately 20 universities across the country as fraudulent, with a majority of them located in Delhi.

New Delhi:
As the new academic year approaches and admissions season begins, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is urging prospective students to consult its official website (https://www.ugc.gov.in/page/Fake-Universities.aspx) before enrolling in any university. The UGC is emphasizing the importance of students being informed about both recognized and counterfeit educational institutions in the country before pursuing higher education.

Furthermore, the UGC has encouraged students to report any universities or institutions that are offering academic programs in violation of the UGC Act. This proactive approach aims to safeguard students from unscrupulous institutions.

Defining a Legitimate University:
In a prior official statement, the UGC clarified that degrees can only be conferred by universities or institutions established under State Acts, Central Acts, Provincial Acts, or institutions authorized to grant degrees in accordance with the UGC Act of 1956.

Communication with Fake Universities:
The UGC has communicated directly with the administrators of these “fake universities” in a letter (https://www.ugc.gov.in/pdfnews/5816776_Letters-appropriate-action-against-the-fake-Institutions.pdf), stating, “Your institution is listed among fake universities as it does not meet the criteria defined in Section 2(f) or Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. Your institution is engaged in conferring degrees or using the term ‘University’ in its name with the intention of deceiving and defrauding innocent students by awarding counterfeit degrees. This has become a matter of grave concern as numerous students have fallen victim to the deceptive practices of your institution.”

Highlighting that several institutions are granting degrees in violation of the UGC Act, the Commission has made it clear that degrees awarded by these fake universities and institutions will not be recognized for higher education or employment purposes. The notice also requires these universities to submit a compliance report within 15 days, affirming that they are not awarding any degrees.

List of Fake Universities as Identified by the UGC as of September 2023:

Andhra Pradesh:
1. Christ New Testament Deemed University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
2. Bible Open University of India, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Delhi:
3. All India Institute of Public and Physical Health Sciences (AIIPHS) State Government University
4. Commercial University Ltd, Daryaganj, Delhi
5. United Nations University, Delhi
6. Vocational University, Delhi
7. ADR-Centric Juridical University, ADR House, New Delhi
8. Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
9. Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment, Rozgar Sewasadan, Delhi
10. Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University), Delhi

Karnataka:
11. Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Karnataka

Kerala:
12. St John’s University, Kishanattam, Kerala

Maharashtra:
13. Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Puducherry:
14. Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education, Puducherry

Uttar Pradesh:
15. Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
16. National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
17. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University), Achaltal, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
18. Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Bharat Bhawan, Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal:
19. Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata
20. Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Kolkata

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