New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday declared 21 universities as "fake" and not empowered to confer any degree. Delhi tops the list, followed by Uttar Pradesh.
One university from Kerala - St. John's University, Kishanattam - also finds a place on the list. Incidentally, similar lists published by UGC in 2009 and 2017 also featured the same institution.
"At least 21 self-styled, unrecognised institutions which are functioning in contravention of the UGC Act, have been declared as fake universities and these are not empowered to confer any degree," UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said.
Here's the full list of fake universities:
All India Institute of Public and Physical Health Sciences; Commercial University Ltd. Daryaganj; United Nations University; Vocational University; ADR-Centric Juridical University; Indian Institution of Science and Engineering; Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment and Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University).
Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith; National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy; Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University); Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad.
Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine; Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research
Nababharat Shiksha Parishad; North Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology
Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society
Raja Arabic University
St. John's University
Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education
Christ New Testament Deemed University
(With PTI input)