University Grants Commission declares 24 universities fake

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared 24 “self-styled” institutes fake and found two more in violation of norms, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday, 2 August, reports PTI.

Pradhan made the statement in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. “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. At eight, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of fake universities, while Delhi has seven. Odisha and West Bengal have two such universities each, while Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Maharashtra have one fake university each.

Elaborating on the steps taking by the UGC against the fake or non-recognised universities, Pradhan said: “The UGC issues public notices about the list of fake universities or institutes in national Hindi and English newspapers.” He added: “The commission writes letters to state chief secretaries, education secretaries and principal secretaries to take action against such universities located in their jurisdiction.”
Full report on The Telegraph India site