The University Grants Commission (UGC) in a public notice issued this week has yet again warned students against taking admissions to courses in engineering, hotel management and other professional diploma, degree and master’s programmes through the open and distance learning mode. The UGC has reminded students that only MBA and MCA programmes offered through the distance mode are valid.
“The erstwhile Distance Education Council (DEC) earlier, on receipt of direction from the ministry of human resource development, wrote to all institutes providing programmes through the open and distance mode to stop offering BE/BTech distance programmes through distance learning mode from the year 2009-10,” the notice read.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 2010 and 2011 also notified its policy not to recognize the qualifications acquired through distance education mode at the diploma, bachelor’s and master’s level in the fields of engineering and technology, including architecture, town planning, pharmacy, hotel management & catering technology, applied arts & crafts and postgraduate diploma in management, the UGC notice reminded. AICTE thus recognizes only MBA and MCA programmes through distance mode, provided it has the approval of the joint committee of AICTE, DEC and UGC and the recognition status is notified on the UGC website.
“The UGC after taking over the regulatory function of the erstwhile DEC and as per mandate given to it by ministry of human resource development to regulate open and distance learning universities and affiliated colleges has decided that “no university/institution deemed to be a university/institution should offer diploma, bachelor’s and master’s level programmes in engineering and technology other than MBA and MCA till the finalization of UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations 2014 or notification of relevant regulations by an independent regulatory authority established by the central government to deal with open and distance learning in higher education system in the country,” stated the notice.
UGC has warned that UGC/AICTE will take action against those universities/ institutions.