Seven private universities in Delhi declared earlier as “fake universities” by the University Grant Commission (UGC), will face severe legal measures launched by the state government.
The UGC required the police to register First Information Report (FIRs) against these institutions, Erudera College News reports.
Following the situation, the Delhi government’s department of higher education has delivered a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of police regarding these “fake universities”, asking the police to present an Action Taken Report (ATR) over this issue.
Since 1994, the UGC has annually published a list of fake universities in the country to warn students against admissions in these fake education institutions.
Despite UGC publishing the yearly list for quite some years now, this has been the first time that the Delhi government collaborates with the police, asking for action against these institutions upon the request of UGC.
“It has been informed that the UGC has been publishing the list of fake universities (existing/functioning) across the country in the newspapers and uploading it on its website to warn the students not to take admission in such universities which are defrauding and cheating innocent students by awarding fake/invalid degrees,” said the letter of the government delivered to the police on December 9, the Hindustan Times reports.
A state-wise list of these types of universities was published earlier by the UGC, which also included the seven institutions in Delhi.
There wasn’t any data available online for four universities below:
- United Nations University
- ADR-Centric Juridical University
- Vocational University
- Indian Institute of Science and Engineering
Following the events, some officials at the Vishwakarma Open University for Self-Employment and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya declared the charges over being “fake universities” as untrue.
Moreover, the Dean of Vishwakarma University in Sanjay Enclave, VM Mahajan, claimed that the UGC has continued to include the Vishwakarma University in the list of fake universities for ten years now.
“We have no bar for age and education for enrolment. We are running an institute based on our own philosophy, education system, and money. We are not asking for any help from the government.”
In September, the UGC asked the state government to commence police action against fake universities. According to a senior official at the Delhi government’s higher education department, the UGC had also required the states to inform whether any of these universities does not exist now.