Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani informs Rajyasabha that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has begun many actions against the fake universities operating in the country.
“According to the University grants Commission (UGC), there are 21 fake universities which are listed in the UGC list of fake universities and operating in a breach or violation of the UGC Act, 1956 in different parts of the country,” she said in a written response to Rajya Sabha question.
“According to the UGC, some institutions offer bachelor/ master in various subjects that were not created by or under a Central or state or UGC act and, therefore, these fake institutions have no right to convey/to grant any degrees,” she said.
The HRD Minister also informed about some actions taken by the UGC against fake universities-
- To teach the General public/students/parents, the UGC does not affect the list of fake institutions on its website. All the self-proclaimed unrecognized and unapproved institutions have been warned they may attract serious action in accordance with the provisions of relevant laws, including the UGC act and Indian Penal Code, etc.
- Cases have also been filed in different courts against UGC fake universities/institutions.
- SGC is defending cases in court in the interests of the General public/students. Actions associated with the closure of the fake institution should be approved by the relevant state authorities and local self-government.
- The UGC has also sent a letter to Vice-Chancellor/ Director/ principal in 21 fake universities to shut down fake agencies without delay.
- Reminder letters to the state/UT of principal secretaries/secretaries of education were issued to take appropriate action against fake universities located in their influence.