UGC de-recognizes all study centre/off-campus based distance & open education programs
Distance education programs are one of the most popular modes of education for students who are looking to complete their graduation and post-graduation. As you may be aware, for a university to offer any program – regular or distance, it has to be recognized by the UGC.
Of late, several universities that offer specialized distance education programs have come up that offer these courses across India despite being registered in only one state. Recently, on the 4th of June 2015, UGC has come out with a Public Notice, that clearly states that any State University (both public or private) cannot setup their off-campus/study centre outside the state where they have been established. And even within the state, Private Universities are required to take prior permission from the UGC to establish their off-campus/study centre. Similarly, Deemed to be universities, are required to take prior permission of the UGC to establish any off-campus/study centre outside their main campus.
It is also mentioned in the notice that no university whatsoever, is allowed to offer Diploma/Bachelors/Masters program through the Open/Distance Learning mode in Engineering & Technology.
Here is a complete snapshot of the public notice by the UGC:
And here’s a direct link to access this notice on the UGC website – LINK.
So, students think before you make any decision, after all this will affect your entire career. Also, share this with any of your friend or colleague who is planning to enroll in one such program.