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Maharashtra, Delhi lead number of fake institutes in India

Last updated on: September 20, 2011 12:42 IST

Maharashtra, Delhi lead number of fake institutes in India

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has published a report on the rising number of fake educational institutions in the country. The report pointed that with 72 out of the total 348 colleges being from Maharashtra and Delhi, the two states lead the number of fake institutions in the country. Read on.

Beware of taking admissions in business management and other technical institutions, particularly in Maharashtra and Delhi that have the highest such fake institutes having no recognition and flaunting bogus affiliation with distant universities to hoodwink the gullible.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the government body that grants recognition to the courses in management studies, engineering, information technology, pharmacy, architecture, hotel management and catering etc., has warned that the degrees and diplomas awarded by the unrecognised institutes are of no worth, specially if the candidates seek government jobs.

Maharashtra and Delhi have 75 fake institutes each as the students can check from the AICTE's website that has tabulated 348 such institutes enrolling students in large number and playing with their future.

Andhra Pradesh comes next with 52 such institutes having no recognition, followed by West Bengal (34), Uttar Pradesh (30), Karnataka (26), Haryana (17) and Tamil Nadu (14).

According to the AICTE officials, this kind of institutes lure students with glossy brochures claiming to offer degrees through a tie-up with some central or state university recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and boasting in-campus recruitment by the big companies even before they complete their courses.

The officials say students should know that a university approved by UGC or AICTE can offer technical programmes only to its students and cannot extend them to other private institutes. They say the AICTE is, however, helpless in curbing the mushroom growth of such institutes as it can only notify which institutes are recognised and authorised and which are not recognised and hence illegal.

The AICTE has been forwarding the list of the bogus institutions to the state governments, advising them from time to time to ask the district administration and police to take action against them. The last such advisory was issued at its instance by the Human Resources Development Ministry on May 2.