The University Grants Commission (UGC) today declared 24 universities as ‘fake’ in a move to carry its responsibility of maintaining standards of Higher Education in the country. “It is observed that there are some institutions offering undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in various subjects, which are not established under either Central or State or UGC Act and hence, these institutions are fake universities/vishwavpidyalayas and do not have any right to confer/grant degrees,” the education body said in a statement. Aspiring students are advised not to pursue higher education courses with such self-styled universities/vishwavidyalaya. Presently, there are 24 such self-styled fake Universities/Vishwavidyalayas on the records of the Commission which are functioning in contravention of the provisions of the UGC Act, 1956, UGC further stated. Most of these universities are from Delhi (7) and Uttar Pradesh (8).