Should you publish your paper in a non-UGC approved Journal?
According to the UGC website information: The UGC-approved List of Journals contains journals identified by the Standing Committee on Notification of Journals. Articles published in UGC-approved List of Journals would be considered for the purpose of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and Direct Recruitment of Teachers and other academic staff as required under the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges) Regulation, 2016. The UGC-approved List of Journals includes titles that have crossed a prescribed threshold on quality check criteria developed by the Members of the Standing Committee on Notification of Journals.
This clearly shows that if you are a student doing your master or bachelors in any university in India you may or may not publish your paper. This list of journals is the recommendation for the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) and Direct Recruitment of Teachers only.
There are various journals that have been serving form last 10 to 15 years or even more are not listed in the UGC list which is a questionable thing. As you know UGC is following the Scopus and ISI list mainly for the sourcing the journals so not many Indian journals are indexed in the Scopus if we talk about the science and engineering field. So if you go for the publication of an international journal which is non-Indian that may charge you 200USD to 2000USD per paper. The time duration will be also very high for the review and publication which may hamper your career.
UGC is only providing a reference list which does not mean that, if one journal is not there in the list it’s a fake journal. ISSN is the authority for the Issuing license for the journal not the UGC.
So one must consider the non-UGC approved journals also for the publication of the papers during the Masters and Bachelors.
Here we found some interesting discussion https://www.researchgate.net/post/Should_we_trust_on_University_Grants_Commission_UGC_India_approved_journals