India Lists 24 "Fake Universities"
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has put out a list of 24 "fake universities" and warned students and the public not to enroll in them. The University Grants Commission Act, 1956 under Section 22(1) provides that a degree can be awarded, only by a University established under a central, State/Provincial Act; an institution deemed to be university under section 3 of the UGC Act; or an Institution especially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer the degree. Further, Section 23 of the UGC Act prohibits the use of word "University" by any institution that does not meet these criteria. In April 2018, the UGC listed the following as unrecognized and functioning in violation of the UGC Act and called them "fake universities."
- Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University), 351-352, Phase-I, Block-A, Vijay Vihar, Rithala, Rohini, Delhi-110085
- ADR-Centric Juridical University, ADR House, 8J, Gopala Tower, 25 Rajendra Place, New Delhi-110 008.
- BadaganviSarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum (Karnataka)
- Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj, Delhi.
- Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad (UP)
- Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, 80, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata-20.
- Indian Institution of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
- Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Institutional Area, Khoda, Makanpur, Noida , Phase-II, (UP)
- Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, 8-A, Diamond Harbor Road Builtech inn, 2nd Floor, Thakurpukur, Kolkata-700063.
- Maharana Partap Shiksha NiketanVishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh (UP).
- Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, (Women's University) Prayag, Allahabad (UP )
- Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar.
- Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, AnupoornaBhawan, Plot No. 242, PaniTanki Road, Shaktinagar, Rourkela-769014.
- National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University), Achaltal, Aligarh, (UP).
- North Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, University Road Baripada, Distt. Mayurbhanj, Odisha-757003
- Raja Arabic University, Nagpur
- Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education, No. 186, Thilaspet, Vazhuthavoor Road, Pondicherry-605009
- St. John's University, Kishanattam, Kerala
- United Nations University, Delhi.
- Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, KosiKalan, Mathura (UP).
- Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi, UP/Jagatpuri, Delhi.
- Viswakarma Open University for Self-employment, India, Rozgar Sewasadan, 672, Sanjay Enclave, Opp. GTK DEPOT, New Delhi-110033
- Vocational University, Delhi.
This article was posted on April 27, 2018.