The University Grants Commission has released a list of 24 fake universities running all across India. It has asked the chief secretaries, education secretaries and principal secretaries of the states in which such universities are functioning till date to take actions against them which are defrauding the students putting their careers at stake. Apart from this, it has also issued notice against the unrecognized status of the Indian Institute of Planning Management (IIPM), New Delhi and illegal status of the Bio-Chemic Education Grant Commission, Nadia, West Bengal. Show cause notices against Indian Institute of Alternative Medicines & Natural Healing, and National Institute of Event Management in Mumbai, as well as Indian Board of Health Education & Research in Pune have also been issued by the UGC.
In the notification, the names of Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow and Raja Arabic University in Nagpur have also been mentioned as fake universities. The letter the secretaries were sent on November 13, as mentioned by the Minister of State (HRD), Satya Pal Singh, as a reply to a Rajya Sabha question.
UGC had released the list of 24 fake universities in April, last year. According to the UGC Act, 1956 only a university established under central, state/provincial Acts or a university empowered to award degrees by the Act of Parliament can award degrees. Also the deemed to be university under the Section 3 can also confer a degree. UGC has prohibited the use of word “university” if the institution has not been established according to the state guidelines.
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