Indian students in Kuwait warned about unauthorized colleges

Indian students in Kuwait preparing to enroll in colleges and universities in India need to be wary of spurious educational institutions offering courses and degrees.

Before sending off their applications to any college or university, students and their parents need to ascertain whether the institutions have proper accreditations from the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, or if these establishments have the necessary capacity and facility to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Recently, the Consulate General of India in Dubai issued a fresh warning to students in the UAE to check for due accreditations of offshore campuses of Indian universities in the UAE before enrolling themselves. In a tweet, the consulate reminded potential students that they must ensure that the offshore campus is duly recognized by the UGC.

Most recently, on 31 May of this year, the UGC added the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in New Delhi to its extensive list of unauthorized institutions. The UGC warned on its website that IIPM is not a university and does not have the right to confer degrees on students.

For those interested in the matter, the University Grants Commission has listed on its website the names of 24 universities across India that the commission considers to be unauthorized and offering ‘fake’ degrees to students. According to the Commission, these universities are not accredited by the UGC and their degrees are not approved by the Commission.

In addition to the IIPM, others on the list of non-accredited institutions published by the UGC on its website in state-wise order include:

Delhi: 1. Commercial University Ltd 2. United Nations University 3.Vocational University. 4. ADR-Centric Juridical University 5. Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi 6. Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment 7. Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University)

Karnataka: 1. Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Belgaum,

Kerala: 1. St. John’s University, Kishanattam

Maharashtra: 1. Raja Arabic University, Nagpur

Odisha: 1. Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, Rourkela 2. North Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology

Puducherry: 1. Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education

West Bengal: 1. Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkatta 2. Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research, Kolkatta

Uttar Pradesh: 1. Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi 2. Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, (Women’s University) Allahabad 3. Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad 4. National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur 5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University) Aligarh 6. Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh 8. Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida Phase-II