The menace of fake colleges and universities in India is pervasive and is getting more and more lucrative, as students seek for higher education to perk up their career prospects.
A recent UGC (University Grants Commission) report has claimed that the number of fake universities in India has surged to 23, out of which nine are in Uttar Pradesh.
The report also states that 279 fake technical institutes are illegally offering admission in engineering and other technical courses without the approval of the UGC.
While Uttar Pradesh tops the list of fake universities, Delhi tops the list of fake colleges with 66 institutes not enjoying the power to grant a degree to their students.
The UGC and the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) have published the names of these fake educational institutions on their websites and newspapers, issuing a warning to students to stay away from these fake institutes before the commencement of the academic session 2017-18.
In order to deter students from applying for admission to the fake colleges and universities, the AICTE has urged various state governments to take stringent action against them, besides issuing notices to these colleges and institutions for functioning without regulatory approval.
“We send the list of unapproved and unregulated technical institutions to concerned state authorities for taking appropriate action against such institutions,” an official has been cited as saying.