THE STATE Government has sought a detailed report on educational institutions which have been doing ‘brisk business’ and awarding degrees without any recognition of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the Distance Education Council (DEC) — the three apex bodies of the country in the field of higher and technical education.
Taking note of various ‘fake’ universities and institutions, the Government has decided to crack down on those institutions which have been awarding degrees in different disciplines, which are not recognised either by the UGC or other competent bodies.
Talking to the Hindustan Times here on Friday, Higher Education Minister Ramasrey Vishkarma, said he had convened a meeting of registrars of the State universities and regional education directors on August 23 to evolve a strategy to deal with these fake universities.
The minister said that recently his attention was drawn towards an advertisement of the UGC listing ‘fake’ universities. He was shocked to know that more than seven such fake universities were functioning in UP. “I have ordered a thorough probe into these universities and I am awaiting the reports. I will not hesitate in initiating action against them,” Vishkarma said.
He did not rule out the possibility of connivance of some senior officers of the Higher Education Department with those running such educational institutions. While the students were paying exorbitant fee, the degrees they were getting were no better than a piece of paper, he said.
Vishkarma appealed to people who had been duped into paying huge amounts of money to such fake universities to meet him with receipts and other documents so that he could take action.
Earlier, Governor TV Rajeswar sacked four V-Cs of State universities for illegally running institutions all over the country and even in foreign countries in the name of distance education without approval. The Governor had reportedly written to the Union Ministry of Human Resources to initiate action against private institutions which had been fleecing students.
For example, the ICFAI, a university created by the Uttaranchal Government through an Act, has its head office in Hyderabad and runs its various off-campus centers/institutions all over the country without any prior approval of the Distance Education Council.