UGC declares 23 universities, 279 institutions as 'fake' across the nation

AICTE has also issued notices to these institutes for not taking permission to run

AICTE has also issued notices to these institutes for not taking permission to run

The UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had come out with the list of fake universities and colleges on their website after the annual review meet held this February. States have also been asked to initiate proceedings against those involved in defrauding and cheating students "by misrepresenting themselves as "universities" awarding degrees with their name", said the minister.

UGC said Such universities are playing with the future of the students.

Candidates who are all set to look for Universities and colleges offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses, must take note of all the self-styled and unrecognized institutions that are functioning in contravention of the UGC Act.

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"We send the list of unapproved and unregulated technical institutions to concerned state authorities for taking appropriate action against such institutions", India Today quoted a senior official as saying.

The amended copy of the UGC Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2010, has been notified in the Gazette of India on July 11, 2016. Besides the national capital, states like Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra also have several fake technical institutes.

Besides UGC, the technical education regulator - AICTE has also issued notices to these schools for not taking its approval.

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