New Delhi, Aug 4: Flagging concern over mushrooming of fake varsities across the country, the UGC will recommend the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to modify the UGC Act 1956, under which it has proposed Rs 50 lakh fine against Rs 1000 and 10 year jail term for the offenders.
A a senior UGC official told Mail Today, about the proposed plan of the apex body for higher education.
“We have proposed that the current negligible fine of Rs 1000 should be hiked to Rs 50 lakh along with 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. The emphasis is on making it a cognisable offence to run such fake universities,” he said.
Expressing displeasure he stated “How can they go scot free after ruining the lives of millions of unsuspecting students across the country?”
The University Grants Commission has been writing to the MHRD for stricter action and heftier penalties since 2000, but till now the Act is yet to be commenced.
Keeping this in mind, official said ” We will shortly send a reminder to the ministry to pursue the amendment”.
To ease the problems of students and saving them from taking admission in fake universities and colleges across India, the UGC release the list of fake varsities.
According to this year UGC report, India has a total of 23 fake universities and 66 colleges in Delhi.
Besides this, the All India Council for Technical Education also released a list of 279 fake institutes.