The University Grants Commission (UGC) has cancelled the recognition of distance education programmes offered by the Annamalai University and Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) for the academic year 2015-16. This has come as a harsh decision for thousands of students.
The Vice Chancellors of the two TN universities were unaware of this and said the UGC had not sent any communication to them.Besides, the Hindi Prachar Sabha in Chennai and 28 other universities across India are facing action for violating norms in offering of open and distance learning (ODL) programmes. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani informed the Parliament of the action taken against these institutions.
“Annamalai University had launched distance education courses in 1979, much before the Indira Gandhi National Open University , IGNOU came into existence. We are offering these courses with permanent infrastructure and faculty, not as a franchise model. If the UGC points out any shortfall, we are ready to rectify them,” Vice Chancellor S Manian told Express on Thursday said The new Indian Express.
He argued that every institution must be allowed to function in a competitive environment.