As of September 2023, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has identified eight fake higher education institutes in Delhi, bringing attention to the persistent issue of fraudulent institutions. The list includes names such as All India Institute of Public and Physical Health Sciences (AIIPHS), Commercial University Ltd., United Nations University, and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University).
Uttar Pradesh follows Delhi on the UGC’s list with four fake universities, including Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith in Prayag and the National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy in Kanpur. Other states such as Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Puducherry also have identified fake universities.
The UGC has taken action by sending letters to the Vice-Chancellors of these institutions, notifying them of their inclusion in the list of fake universities. The letter emphasizes that these institutions are not recognized as “Universities” under the UGC Act, 1956 and are engaged in deceptive practices, using the term “University” in their names to defraud students.
The presence of such fake universities is a matter of concern, as innocent students can fall victim to fraudulent activities, receiving degrees that hold no genuine academic value. The UGC’s efforts to identify and address these institutions aim to safeguard the interests of students and maintain the integrity of higher education in the country.
This situation underscores the need for vigilant oversight and stricter regulations to prevent the proliferation of fake universities, ensuring that students can trust the authenticity of the institutions they choose for their education.
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