The University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared 24 “self-styled” institutions fake, and found violation of norms in two more. The state-wise details of fake universities are available on UGC’s website ugc.ac.in.
Delhi, the state with the highest number, has eight fake universities — All India Institute of Public & Physical Health Sciences, 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, Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University).
Uttar Pradesh with seven such fake universities — Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Netaji Subhash chandra Bose University (open university), Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad.
Universities from Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh are also listed.
“Students and Public at large are hereby informed that presently following 21 self-styled, unrecognized institutions which are functioning in contravention of the UGC Act, have been declared as fake universities and these are not empowered to confer any degree,” said the official document.