The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday declared 24 “self-proclaimed” institutions to be fake and found two more violating its standards. The commission released a list of 21 fake universities operating in Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, UP, Odisha, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. These universities have also been rescinded in granting diplomas to the students.
“Students and the general public are hereby informed that currently 21 self-proclaimed, unrecognized institutions operating in violation of UGC law have been declared fake universities and are not authorized to award degrees,” it said. UGC in an official announcement.
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According to the list, Delhi has eight fake universities including: All India Institute of Public and Physical Health Sciences (AIPPHS), Commercial University Ltd. Daryaganj, United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR-Centric Juridical University, Indian Institution of Science and Engineering, Viswakarma Open University for Self-employment and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University).
Uttar Pradesh comes in second with seven fake universities. These include: Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (open university) and Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad.
West Bengal and Odisha each have two universities including Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Nababharat Shiksha Parishad and North Orissa University of Agriculture Technology
The list also includes Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society from Karnataka, St. John’s University from Kerala, Raja Arabic University from Maharashtra, Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education from Puducherry and Christ New Testament Deemed University from Andhra Pradesh.
The notice stated how a university is described under the 1956 University Scholarships Act. state law or any institution that is considered a university under Section 3 or an institution specially authorized by law to confer or award degrees,” UGC said. “Except as provided in subsection (1), no confer, or confer, any degree on any person or authority, or represent themselves as entitled to confer or confer a degree…” it added in the official notice.
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