Delhi tops the list of fake schools and universities in the country, easily dishing out fake degrees and certificates to hundreds of unsuspecting students each year. This is worrying considering the admission season is around the corner and thousands of students will be looking for options.
The National Institute of Open Schooling, an approved education board under the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry, lists 47 fake boards on its website, of which 21 are from Delhi. Also, the Capital has the second-highest number of fake universities in the country, five out of 22, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Of the 74 fake boards listed in the 2016 prospectus of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, 44 are in Delhi. What’s even more disturbing is that the HRD ministry doesn’t maintain any data on fake boards.
“There is no central law or authority to define fake or unrecognized boards, but those boards that haven’t been recognized by state governments or the ministry of human resource development come under the category of fake board,” said advocate Ashok Aggarwal, who takes up education-related cases in the Delhi high court.
The Council of Boards of School Education in India is a registered society of education boards in the country but it lacks legal muscle to declare any board as fake. Hundreds of institutes in Delhi still collaborate with universities of other states to offer degrees but neither the state government nor the UGC has penalised them.