The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently unveiled a state-wise list of fake universities as of September 2023. In its notification, the UGC has called upon the state governments’ Departments of Higher Education and principal secretaries to take “appropriate action” against these unrecognised institutions operating within their respective states.
- Delhi Leads with 8 Fake Universities: Among the 20 universities flagged as non-recognised, Delhi tops the list with 8 fake universities. Uttar Pradesh follows closely with 4 such institutions. In total, 8 states in India have universities operating in violation of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. Additionally, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal each have two fake universities.
- UGC Act 1956: According to the UGC Act 1956, the authority to confer or grant degrees is reserved exclusively for universities established or incorporated under Central Acts, Provincial Acts, State Acts, institutions deemed as universities under section 3, or institutions specifically empowered by an Act of Parliament to grant degrees.