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UGC Declares 24 Self-Styled Universities As Fake

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 03, Aug 2021, 10:21 am IST | UPDATED: 03, Aug 2021, 10:24 am IST

UGC Declares 24 Self-Styled Universities As Fake

New Delhi: After complaints by students, parents, and the general public, the Ministry of Education said on Monday that the higher education regulatory body, University Grants Commission (UGC), has declared 24 "self-styled" institutes fake and has found two more in violation of norms.

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made the statement in response to a written question in Lok Sabha.

"Besides, two more institutes namely Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, UP and Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Qutub Enclave, New Delhi are also found functioning in violation of the UGC Act, 1956. The matters of Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow and IIPM, New Delhi are sub-judice in the court," he added.

Uttar Pradesh has the highest eight such fake universities

  • Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi
  • Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Allahabad
  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad
  • National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Open University, Aligarh
  • Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura
  • Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh
  • Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida.

Delhi has seven such fake universities

  • Commercial University Ltd
  • United Nations University
  • Vocational University
  • ADR Centric Juridicial University
  • Indian Institution of Science and Engineering
  • Vishwakarma Open University for Self Employment
  • Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University)

Odisha and West Bengal have two such universities each.

  • Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata
  • Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Kolkata 
  • Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, Rourkela
  • North Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology

Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Maharashtra have one fake university each.

  • Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education, Puducherry
  • Christ New Testament Deemed University, Andhra Pradesh
  • Raja Arabic University, Nagpur; St John's University, Kerala
  • Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Karnataka

Elaborating on the steps taking by the UGC against the fake or non-recognised universities, Pradhan said, "the UGC issues public notices about the list of fake universities/institutes in national Hindi and English newspapers."

"Show cause and warning notices are issued to the unauthorized institutes awarding invalid degrees when any self-styled institution is found or noticed functioning in violation of the UGC Act, 1956."

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