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Quotes below are from the Official Website of the University Grants Commission at http://www.ugc.ac.in/
" The UGC, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) keep a watch on the existence of fake universities and their functioning. The existence of fake universities is brought to the notice of the UGC by members of public, students and their parents or any other agency. Relevant provisions of the UGC Act are brought to the notice of the promoters/office bearers of such self-styled/fake universities. They are also advised to desist from using the word "University" and also to stop awarding degrees/diplomas. The concerned State Governments are requested to conduct enquiries regarding the existence/functioning of such fake universities. In addition, the UGC gives wide publicity to the list of fake universities every every year cautioning students and parents about such institutions. As per the record of the UGC, there are 18 fake universities included in the list of Fake Universities. There may be many more institutions, information about which is not available with the UGC. In addition to the 18 institutions identified, the Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, which was earlier included in the list of fake universities has not been includedin the list as the institution has secured an interim stay from the Lower Court at Lucknow. The Court has restrained the UGC from calling or treating the institution as 'fake 'pending decision on the Writ Petition filed by the Institution. the UGC has already initiated action for the vacation of the interim stay. Till a final decision is taken by the Court, the name of this institution has been excluded from the list of the fake institutions. The UGC has already set up a Special Cell, known as Malpractices Cell to deal with matters relating to the existence/functioning of fake universities in the country, which collects information through print-media and disseminates information about them. The Cell also lialises with different agencies of the Central Government and the State Governments and take such measures as are considered necessary for checking the menace of fake institutions. The Central Government has also requested the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations to keep a strict vigil and to prosecute such institutions for violating UGC Act, 1956, and other penal laws.
At the beginning of each academic session, the UGC issues a Press Release in National Dailies advising the aspiring students, wards and the public at large, not to pursue Higher Education/Courses with such self-styled universities/Vishwavidyalayas which are functioning unauthorisedly in different parts of the country. The last Press Release has been issued on 20th May, 2000.
The Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India has also written to all the Chief Ministers of the States in September, 1998 requesting them to keep a strict vigil over the educational institutions for the purpose of identifying which violate the provisions of the law and prosecute the offenders under the provision of the UGC Act and other penal laws including the Indian Penal Code. The Chief Ministers have also been requested to issue suitable instructions to the Registrars of Societies that they should consult UGC when a application is made to them by an Institution for registration under the title University, Vishwavidyalaya and Vishwavidyapeeth or other regional synonym with the objective of conferring degrees.
In order to curb the menace of the fake universities, the University Grants Commission has proposed comprehensive changes in the UGC Act, which interalia, include suggestions about the expression to the word University/ Vishwavidyalaya/Vidyapeeth etc. in various regional languages and also providing for deterrent punishment under Section 24 of the UGC Act. The proposed amendments in the Act are under active consideration of the Government of India." LIST OF FAKE UNIVERSITIES AS ON MAY 1, 2000
(The list below has been copied from the Website of the UGC at http://www.ugc.ac.in/ )
1.Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar
2.Mahila Gram Vidyapith/ Vishwavidyalaya, (Women's University) Prayag, Allahabad (UP)
3.Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi (UP) Jagatpuri, Delhi
4.Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj, Delhi
5.Indian Education Council of U.P., Lucknow(UP)
6.Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad (UP)
7.National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur
8.Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open Univeristy), Achaltal, Aligarh (UP)
9.D.D.B. Sanskrit University, :Putur, Trichi, Tamil Nadu
10.St. John's University, Kishanttam, Kerala
11.United Nations University, Delhi
12.Vocational University, Delhi
13.Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Kosi Kalan, Mathura (UP)
14.Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh (UP)
15.Raja Arabic University, Nagpur
16.Kesarwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur (M.P.)
17.Delhi Vishwa Vidyapeeth, 233, Tagore Park, Model Town, Delhi-110009
18.Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum (Karnataka)
19.Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, U.P., Lucknow*