The University Guidance Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have put together a list of 23 fake universities and 279 fake technical institutes across India.
These universities and institutes are operating without any authority to issue degrees and as such, having a degree from these listed universities and institutes would amount to nothing but a piece of paper.
In an official statement released by UCG, the commission states “We send the list of unapproved and unregulated technical institutions to concerned state authorities for taking appropriate action against such institutions.”
Giving his take on the debacle, Human Resource Development’s minister of state, Mahendra Nath Pandey has asked students to be particularly cautious of such universities who are “misrepresenting themselves as ‘universities’ and awarding degrees with their name”.
At the state level, states have been asked to initiate proceedings against these universities and institutes who have been defrauding and cheating students.
In their attempts to further caution students before the next academic session starts, public notices have been published in newspapers.
6 of these fake universities are in Delhi and 9 of them are in Uttar Pradesh. A detailed list of the universities and institutes can be found here.
In the same circular, the UGC has also warned universities who fail to have stringent anti-ragging policies.