University Grants Commission (UGC) released a list of 21 fake colleges across the nation, eight of them in Uttar Pradesh. Majority of the colleges listed have been found to be long runners but none of them have been closed yet which according to UGC, is because “it does not have the power to close any college”. “Our job is to inform children and parents in the admission session,” one official said corresponding to the release.
UGC added that these colleges come under section 22(1) of the UGC Act under which a college ought to be set up by a focal, state act or have regarded status under segment 3 of the Act. Section 23 of the UGC Act forbids utilization of word “university” by any foundation other than those set up under procurements of segment 22.
In the given list, seven colleges are in Delhi namely, Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Commercial University Ltd., United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR-Centric Juridical University, Indian Institution of Science and Engineering.
The states of Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal were found to have one fake college each. Maithili University (Darbhanga), Raja Arabic University (Nagpur) and Keserwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur are the fake colleges identified in the states of Bihar, Maharashtra and MP respectively.