On Wednesday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced a list of 24 unrecognized, self-styled institutions in the country. It termed them as fake, the maximum number of these universities were operating from Uttar Pradesh followed by Delhi.
UGC Secretary, Rajnish Jain, said that students are public are informed that currently, 24 self-styled and unrecognized institutions are functioning in contravention of the UGC Act. These universities have been declared fake and hence, they are not empowered to confer any degree.
A majority of these universities belong to Uttar Pradesh- Mahila Gram Vidyapeeth, Allahabad; Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi; National University Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur; Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad; Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura; Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Open University, Aligarh; Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida; and Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh.
Jain said that regarding Bharatiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, the matter is sub-judice before a district judge in Lucknow.
The seven fake universities of Delhi are- United Nations University; Commercial University Ltd.; ADR Centric Juridicial University; Vocational University; Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya; and Vishwakarma Open University for Self Employment.
Two such universities are there in both Odisha and West Bengal. Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Kolkata; Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata; North Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology; and Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, Rourkela are the universities that have been declared fake by the UGC.
Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Puducherry have one fake university each. They are- Christ New Testament Deemed University, Andhra Pradesh; Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education, Puducherry; St. John’s University, Kerala; Raja Arabic University, Nagpur; Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Karnataka.
Jain also said that the UGC Act, 1956 provides that a degree can be awarded only by a university established under a central, state, provincial Act or an institution that has been specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer the degree.
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