The University Grant Commission (UGC) has derecognised the distance programmes of professional courses like MBA, MCA, B.Ed and M.Ed offered by 35 universities. These universities include Mumbai University Institute of Distance Open Learning (IDOL) and IGNOU. These universities have been given 30 days time to submit explanations so as to reverse UGC’s decision.
Universities which are not running similar courses in regular mode for the past five years would not be permitted to offer the professional courses in distance mode. The courses include MBA, MCA, B.Ed., hotel management and tourism have been derecognised. There are other institutions who have met the UGC criteria will continue to offer these professional courses through distance mode. The applicants, however, students should check the list of recognised online courses before joining a programme. With this development, many students degree programes will be inturrupted in midway. However, the UGC has given 30 days time to these institutions to submit their explanations.
The students can check the list of ‘recognised courses’ offered by distance learning Higher Education Institutes.
The government recently approved a Bill redifining the responsibilities of UGC and also formed National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct various examinations. The University Grant Commission recently issued announced norms for regulation of online courses, laying down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of certificate, diploma or degree through online mode.
UGC has defined eligibility criteria for offering online courses, application for the online courses or programmes, approval process, operation of the online courses and programmes, course or programme monitoring and renewal, and quality assurance.