Student problem 3: BTech/ BE in distance mode, valid?
Core players and where they stand
MINISTRY OF HRD: Very clearly came up with a notification advising DEC not to permit Engineering degrees through correspondencee
AICTE: Has a clear-cut policy of not permitting B.Tech by correspondence (view their notification below).
DEC: Does not permit such programmes.
It’s a saga of remissness displayed by both the regulating bodies - UGC and AICTE.
The first wave of distance learning (DL) degrees in engineering came when some Deemed Universities like JRN Vidyapeeth started B.Tech by correspondence and began setting up study centres across the country.
On August 9, 2005, the UGC came up with a circular that explicitly forbade distance learning B.Tech programmes.
When the decision was challenged by JRN Vidyapeeth and others, the UGC allowed, quite inexplicably, a one-time exemption to these institutions and permitted B.Tech degrees by correspondence between 2001 and 2005.
The institutes continued to admit students until both UGC and DEC woke up in 2009 and began notifying the correspondence degrees as invalid. JRN Vidyapeeth again went to the court which stayed DEC’s actions in this matter.
Click the image (on the right) to enlarge list of Deemed Universities.
Four questions arise:
l If technical degrees cannot be offered in distance learning mode, how is the government justified in permitting engineering degrees like AMIE and AMIETE?
l How can the AICTE come up with notifications regulating universities which are supposed to be outside its purview?
l If DEC is against distance learning programmes in engineering, how is IGNOU justified in offering B.Tech?l As a result of the actions and inaction of the regulators, the situation remains muddled and open to litigation. The students have therefore been left out in the cold.
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