Be­ware of fake uni­ver­si­ties, stu­dents!

Youth Street News - - Youth News -

In what seems like an adul­ter­ation of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, "fake" uni­ver­si­ties are mush­room­ing in Delhi. The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion re­cently came up with a list of fraud­u­lent uni­ver­si­ties and what has un­nerved all is the fact that six of them are in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

The UGC lacks the author­ity to close down such fake uni­ver­si­ties that are op­er­at­ing with­out its recog­ni­tion. In some cases the "fake" uni­ver­si­ties shut down them­selves af­ter fail­ing to get cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the top ed­u­ca­tion body, but in many cases they are still op­er­a­tional, jeop­ar­diz­ing the aca­demic in­ter­ests of thou­sands of gullible stu­dents from across the coun­try.

Among these six "fake" uni­ver­si­ties is the Vish­wakarma Open Univer­sity for Self-em­ploy­ment. This univer­sity does not even have a premises to op­er­ate from. It op­er­ates from a small of­fice in

Mubarka Chowk in North Delhi and claims to have 80 in­sti­tutes in dif­fer­ent states of In­dia af­fil­i­ated un­der it. De­spite not be­ing recog­nised by the UGC, this univer­sity runs as many as 81 diploma cour­ses, sev­eral cer­tifi­cate cour­ses and one, two or three-year de­gree cour­ses.

The univer­sity's cour­ses in­clude hu­man re­source man­age­ment, com­puter ap­pli­ca­tions, tax­a­tion and in­vest­ment bank­ing. What is wor­ri­some is that the univer­sity is get­ting such a good re­sponse from stu­dents ev­ery­where, who are most likely ig­no­rant of the sta­tus of the univer­sity, that is does not even bother to work to­wards se­cur­ing a UGC ap­proval.

Vi­jay Singh Ma­ha­jan, the di­rec­tor of VOUSE, in fact blamed the non-recog­ni­tion of the univer­sity on po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, say­ing they do not have the po­lit­i­cal sup­port that is re­quired to avail recog­ni­tion.

Adr-cen­tric Ju­ridi­cal Univer­sity is yet an­other univer­sity that is non-listed with the UGC. The univer­sity says in its web­site that it is sit­u­ated in Gopala Tower in West Delhi's Ra­jen­dra Place but you would not find it there. The eighth floor of the tower, from where the univer­sity claims to be op­er­a­tional from, ac­tu­ally houses a plant pro­tec­tion con­sul­tancy.

United Na­tions Univer­sity, Vo­ca­tional Univer­sity and In­dian In­sti­tu­tion of Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing are the other three fake uni­ver­si­ties op­er­at­ing from Delhi. The sixth fake univer­sity is Com­mer­cial Univer­sity, which claims to be lo­cated in Darya­ganj. But when you ac­tu­ally visit the said ad­dress, you would find the name­plate of In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Man­age­ment (IBAM) there. But peo­ple should know that the in­sti­tute downed shut­ters four years ago.

Of all the 25 "fake" uni­ver­si­ties, nine are in Ut­tar Pardesh and re­main­ing 10 in other states.

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