As many as 279 fake technical universities are functioning in the country, says an annual report published by the UGC.
The UGC report said Delhi has 66 such fake colleges which offer engineering and other technical courses.
While there are 23 fake universities in the country, seven of them are functioning at Delhi, the University Grants Commission said.
UGC, issuing a warning to students who enroll in such universities without prior knowledge, made it clear that certificates issued by these institutes will be considered just like a piece of paper.
The UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) put out the list of fake universities to make people aware ahead of the academic session that will begin next month.
We send the list of unapproved and unregulated technical institutions to concerned state authorities for taking appropriate action against such institutionsA UGC official
According to the report, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharasthra are other states with a huge number of fake technical institutes.
The AICTE has also sent notices to these institutes asking why they did not take approval of the body.
“Public notices are also published in newspapers cautioning the students not to take admission in such unapproved institutions,” the official said.
Minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey recently told the Rajya Sabha that the ministry had asked the state governments to take action against the fake universities and to initiate proceedings against those involved in defrauding and cheating students “by misrepresenting themselves as ‘universities’ awarding degrees with their name”.
The number of fake universities increased in the country after more students showed interest in higher studies to get good jobs.