The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the State Government to check the mushrooming of private institutions which are not affiliated to or recognized by universities, but lure students into parting with huge sums of money, promising them degrees or diplomas without any accreditation.

The court was dismissing a bail application by one Ravi Kumar, who was booked for committing fraud, as he was the manager of a fashion designing institute in Dharamsala which did not have any recognized credentials.

“The court can also take judicial notice of the fact of mushrooming private institutions,” Justice Rajiv Sharma observed.

He said these institutions woo students by advertising in leading newspapers, and felt “It is the duty of the state government to ensure that no fake or bogus intuitions are run throughout the state and to trace them out and close them down.”

He also wanted the bank accounts of such fake institutions to be seized, in the interest of students, and the money illegally collected, to be refunded.


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