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Monday, June 22, 2015

Distance learning: keep your eyes open

G. Krishnakumar reports, "Gross rule violation in offering correspondence courses has prompted the UGC to ask students to be cautious while choosing such courses." 

Photo: The Hindu

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked students and parents to be cautious while choosing higher educational institutions offering programmes through the open and distance learning (ODL) mode.

The move comes after the apex education regulator found that some universities, deemed to be universities, and institutions are offering programmes through the ODL mode in gross violation of the existing rules and regulations. The commission made it clear that it has not accorded recognition to any university or institution to offer ‘online’ programmes.

In a public notice issued on June 4, the UGC Secretary pointed out that State universities (both public and private) could not set up their off-campus/study centres outside the State where they had been established.

“And, even within the State, private universities are required to take prior permission of the UGC to establish their study centre/off-campus [centres].

Similarly, deemed to be universities are required to take prior permission of the UGC to establish any off-campus centre/study centre outside their main campus,” it said.

No university, institution deemed to be university or institution is permitted to offer diploma, bachelor or master-level programmes under the ODL mode in Engineering and Technology.


Source: The Hindu