Warning students to refrain from enrolling in fake institutions, the UGC has released a list of 21 such bogus varsities of which eight are in Uttar Pradesh and six in Delhi.
In a notification issued on Wednesday, the UGC has listed 21 fake universities – eight in UP, six in Delhi and one each in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and West Bengal.
According to the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, only a university established by the Central/State/Provincial Act or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3 of the Act is allowed to call themselves as university.
Therefore, any institution that does not comply with the above rule is prohibited from using the term ‘university’ under Section 23 of the Act.
The six universities in Delhi which have been described as fake by the UGC include Varanseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Commercial University, United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR-Central Juridical University and ADR-Central Juridical University.
“Students and public at large are informed that such 21 self-styled and unrecognized institutions, functioning under the contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees further,” the UGC said in its notice.
UGC, the apex body for higher education, periodically comes out with a list of fake universities for the benefit of students.
Here is the full list of fake universities released by UGC as of June 2015
Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya Darbhanga Bihar
Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya. Varanasi, UP and Jagatpuri Delhi
Commercial University Ltd, Daryaganj Delhi
United Nations University Delhi
Vocational University, Delhi
Indian Institution of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
ADR-Centric Juridical University, Gopala Tower, Rajendra Place, New Delhi
Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University, Education Society, Gokak Belgaum (Karnataka)
St.John’s University, Kishanattam, Kerala
Keserwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Raja Arabic University, Nagpur
D.D.B. Sanskrit University, Putur, Trichi
Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, 80, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata
Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, Prayag, Allahabad
Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad
National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University), Achaltal, Aligarh
Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Kosi Kalan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh
Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Institutional Area, Khoda, Makanpur, Noida Phase II
Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Vrindavan, UP
Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, UP- the matter is subjudice before the district judge, Lucknow