Over 50 study centres affiliated to various universities with doubtful credentials are functioning in the city. None of these study centres are authorized to award degrees and diplomas that are recognized by universities affiliated to the University Grants Commission (UGC).
According to the UGC, only Assam Don Bosco University, Assam Down Town University and Assam Kaziranga University are recognized private universities in the state. However, the commission is not aware about the credentials of these study centres. As per UGC’s guidelines, private universities and deemed universities cannot affiliate any college or institution to conduct courses and award any degree or diploma.
“If students or parents lodge complaints with us about the functioning of unauthorized study centres, we will definitely take action, but we have not yet received any such complaint,” said Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri. However, after TOI informed the matter to the administration, Agnihotri said the district administration will take up the matter with the education department.
On Friday, the CID reportedly seized about 1,000 fake research papers from CMJ University’s Jorabat campus that has come under the scanner of Meghalaya government for awarding fake degrees.
A source said if the study centres of the private universities with doubtful credentials in Guwahati are raided by the administration, most of the institutions would be sealed.
After the Meghalaya government tightened noose on CMJ University over the last few weeks, many of the unauthorized study centres in Guwahati have closed down their offices in fear of getting caught by police.
A source said many study centres with doubtful credentials have got trade licence from Guwahati Municipal Corporation.
This article originally appeared on timesofindia