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University Grants Commission warns against fake colleges and universities

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New Delhi: Ahead of the admission season, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has warned students about fake colleges and universities that have struck roots in the country.

Most of the fakes are in Delhi, but there are some in Maharashtra as well.

Illegal colleges and universities, including engineering and medical institutions, have sprung up throughout the country ever since higher education was thrown open to private players. There has been a shocking absence of any monitoring by the government. Never ever was a regulator appointed to check the credentials of these institutions or examine the quality of the education being imparted.


Minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey told the Rajya Sabha that the ministry had written to state governments to investigate the matter and register police complaints against such fake institutions.

States have also been asked to initiate proceedings against those involved in defrauding and cheating students “by misrepresenting themselves as ‘universities’ awarding degrees with their name”, Pandey told the Rajya Sabha.