There are 277 fake engineering colleges functioning in India. The instances of engineering colleges running their courses without the approval of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have come to the notice of the government, mentioned Singh in a written reply to Lok Sabha. The institutions have also been directed to take necessary AICTE approval, else they will be shut down.
As per UGC, Section 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956 defines university – The right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act or a State Act or an institution deemed to be a University under section 3 or an institution specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees. Further, section 23 of the UGC Act prohibits the use of the word “University” by any institutions other than a university established as stated above.
Recently, Satyapal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resources and Development made public a list of fake engineering colleges India in the Lok Sabha.
Delhi having an account for 25% such institutes offering engineering and technical courses on top of the list, Telangana and West Bengal have 35 and 27 such fake technical institutes, respectively. The list also includes 23 colleges in Karnataka, 22 colleges in Uttar Pradesh, 18 colleges in Haryana, 16 colleges in Maharashtra, 11 in Tamil Nadu.
Satyapal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resources and Development said,” the University Grants Commission (UGC) is monitoring this issue and has also sent instructions to the heads of the states to take action against such institutes running under their jurisdiction. The commission has already maintained a list of 24 fake universities on its official website.”
List of fake engineering colleges in India:
• Delhi- 66
• Telangana- 35
• West Bengal- 27
• Karnataka- 23
• Uttar Pradesh- 22
• Himachal Pradesh- 18
• Bihar- 17
• Maharashtra- 16
• Tamil Nadu- 11
• Gujarat- 8
• Andhra Pradesh- 7
• Chandigarh- 7
• Punjab- 5
• Rajasthan- 3
• Uttarakhand- 3
Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE Chairman said, “They are the ones who have not taken approval. They are not approved by the AICTE or affiliated to the respective universities. If they are not approved by the AICTE, then they are not approved by the university also. They will not be able to give degrees. These colleges may give some certificate or diploma which is not recognized for purposes of higher education or government jobs.
Someone is giving training, which may be useful for some person; but the course will not have any recognition unless the council has approved it. The details of the colleges are available on the AICTE’s website”.
Anil Sahasrabudhe also stated about the steps taken by UGC in the last one year to identify fake universities/institutions operating in the country.
These measures include:
•Published the public Notices on the list of fake Universities/Institutions in Hindi and English Newspapers.
•Sent letters to State Chief Secretaries, Education Secretaries, and Principal Secretaries to take action against fake Universities/Institutes of located in their jurisdiction and identify such Universities / Institutes which are functioning in their State.
•Show Causes Notices have been issued to the unauthorized institutes awarding invalid degrees.
•Public Notices have been issued on illegal status of Bio-Chemic Education Grant Commission, Nadia, West Bengal and IIPM, New Delhi.