University Grants Commission (or UGC) has warned students and guardians against fake universities operating in India. Especially during this admission season, the number of universities functioning in violation of the UGC Act seems to be at a new high. The UGC has busted 27 such unaccredited universities in the last two years.
Two such universities that have been declared as operating unlawfully are the “Open International University for Alternative Medicines” and the “National Board of Alternative Medicines”, both in Tamil Nadu.
UGC’s declaration further cautions students and candidates that being admitted to or pursuing a degree from such universities will not be recognized for jobs or higher education.
The University Grants Commission posts such lists of unwarranted universities on its website periodically to keep the public informed about such fraudulent universities. Last year, the UGC released a list of 24 such universities that were operating and offering fake degrees. UGC has advised students and guardians to verify the credibility of universities before taking admission, which can be done on their website.
Furthermore, UGC has issued a joint warning in collaboration with AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), warning students to pursue education in Pakistan. According to the notice, degrees obtained from educational institutes in Pakistan will be deemed ineligible for jobs in India. Conversely, all Indian students who are studying in Pakistan will be unable to apply for jobs or take admission in India for higher studies.