The University Grants Commission informed the Parliament on Monday about the 24 “self-styled” institutes/universities fake and has found two more in violation of norms.
In response to the question asked in the Lok Sabha question hour whether the government has taken note of several fake/non-recognized universities running in the country, the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan declared about the fake universities.
“Based on the complaints received from the students, parents, general public and also through electronic print media, UGC has declared 24 self styled institutes as fake universities,” the Union Education Minister said.
“Besides, two more institutes — 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.
These universities were working against the UGC Act and do not have any power to grant degrees to students.
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, and Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida.
Delhi has seven such fake universities — Commercial University Ltd, United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR Centric Juridical University, Indian Institution of Science and Engineering, Vishwakarma Open University for Self Employment, and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University).
Odisha has two such universities: Navababharat Shiksha Parishad, Rourkela, and North Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology.
West Bengal also has two universities: The Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata, and the Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Kolkata.
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 and Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Karnataka.
When asked about the steps to be taken by the UGC against the fake or non-recognized universities, Pradhan said, “the UGC issues public notices about the list of fake universities/institutes in national Hindi and English newspapers.” State-wise details are available on the University Grants Commission’s website.
He further said, “The commission writes letters to state chief secretaries, Education secretaries and principal secretaries to take action against such universities located in their jurisdiction”. “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.”