Distance courses of 35 universities not de-recognised; status report on 16 August: UGC

Distance courses:  Following news reports of de-recognition of distance courses in professional programmes like MBA, MCA, B.Ed, M.Ed, hotel management courses in 35 central and state universities such as MU, IGNOU, etc, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has issued a clarification. The UGC has clarified that process of recognition of these programmes are for the year 2018-19 is still on, and so far no open course of applicant universities has been de-recognised.

As per UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017, recognition or otherwise is programme specific, not university specific and the recognition process is a multi-step process, the UGC clarified. The programmes complying to provisions of UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments get recognition in the first stage.

As per UGC(ODL) Regulations, 2017, recognition or otherwise is programme specific; not university specific and the recognition process is a multi-step process. The programmes complying to provisions of UGC(Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments get recognition in the first stage. For the programmes found deficient, HEIs can submit representations within 30 days along with documentary evidence for consideration for recognitions in the second stage. Thereafter, if the Programmes still remaining deficient, HEIs have an appeal option.

Also read: UGC derecognises distance courses offered by 35 universities

UGC has released the recognition process implementation details. Here are the details:
1. The recognition status uploaded on 9th August, 2018, on UGC website where programme-wise recognition details accorded to the HEIs. Click here for details

2. The UGC letter detailing programme-wise recognition status and programme wise deficiency(s) to Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), as applicable, will be issued by August 16, 2018, the notification says.

3. For the programmes found deficient as per the provisions of UGC(Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, institutions will be provided an opportunity to make representation within 30 days from the date of the UGC letter.

5. All representations received will be processed and decisions will be communicated, on priority.

6. For the programmes still having deficiencies at the end of process as mentioned above, the institutions will have an opportunity to make an appeal as per the provisions of the UGC(ODL) Regulations, 2017.

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