Students interested in higher education must be careful while seeking admission in various institutes and universities. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has warned them about institutes which don’t have the authority to grant degrees.
In an annual statutory warning, the UGC issued a public notice in June 2016 with a list of 23 fake universities. Separately, AICTE has listed 279 technical institutions which does not have requisite approval.
Six of the 23 fake universities are in Delhi, and majority of them have been featuring in the UGC list of fake universities for the last five years.
Among the 279 engineering and technical institutes listed by AICTE to have been running without approvals, 66 are in Delhi. And like the UGC list, many of these institutions have been in the ‘red’ list for quite some time, according to a UGC official.
Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharasthra also have a sizable number of fake technical institutes. In order to aware aspirants of such institutions with no legal sanctity, regulatory authorities like UGC and AICTE have issued notices to these institutions. Public notices are also published in newspapers cautioning students not to take admission in such unapproved institutions.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha recently, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey said that the ministry had written to state governments to investigate and register police complaints against fake universities. States have also been asked to initiate proceedings against those involved in defrauding and cheating students “by misrepresenting themselves as ‘universities’ awarding degrees with their name”, said the minister.