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UGC bans BTech degrees through distance education mode

A policy initiative recently approved by the Human Resource Development(HRD) ministry which aimed to recognize technical education through open and distance learning (ODL) has been reversed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) by re-imposing a ban on these degrees.


According to latest information, the commission - through a public notice - has labelled offering such courses to be " misleading and in gross violation of the policy regarding offering programmes in ODL Mode". Take a look at the detailed press release here!


Basis the release, UGC has also stated that it has not recognized any institution to offer distance programme in technical education. Thus, any student who acquires such qualification will not be eligible for employment in government  services. He/She will not be eligible for pursuing higher studies.

In the year 2015, the MHRD had declared that degrees, diplomas and certificates granted by universities through ODL mode for programmes (including technical education) would be considered valid for government jobs. The decision was taken after considering the recommendations by Madhav Menon committee which suggested that recognition of technical education qualification from distance education mode is consistent with National Policy of Education. The committee also proposed that ODL should be allowed by using study material for theory component, e-learning for interaction and compulsory practical component for development of requisite skill.

The committee further suggested that to clarify doubts, regular face-to-face counselling sessions could be conducted during weekends. And as far as practical work is concerned, laboratory experiments could be conducted in recognized colleges considering the physical infrastructure and human resource required for the purpose.

Nevertheless, in its latest release, UGC ignored all these recommendations by the Menon Committee.

Take a look at the list of universities which were allowed to offer approved programmes through distance mode during the academic year 2015-16:


Name of University/  Institution

University of Delhi

Institute of  Management Technology

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

Guru Jambheshwar University for Science and Technology

Netaji Subhash Open University

TERI University

Gandhi Institute of  Technology and   Management (GITAM)

UP Rajarshi Tondon Open University

Patna University

The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India  University

Magadh University

International Institute of Population Sciences

Swami Ramanand Teerth  Marathwad University

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti Gyan Mandal

Himachal Pradesh University

University of Jammu

Bharati Vidyapeeth University


Indian Institute of Material Management

I.K. Gujaral Punjab  Technical University

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic University

RashtriyaSanskrit Sansthan Deemed University

Aligarh Muslim University

University of North Bengal

Integral University

Jaipur National University

Kurukshetra University

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

MIT School of Distance Education

Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

University of Burdwan

Dev Sanskriti  Vishwavidyalaya

University of Kalyani

Acharya Nagarjuna University

Teerthankar Mahaveer University

Suresh Gyan Vihar University

Tripura University

Vidya Sagar University

Maharishi Dayanand University

Sam higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHIATS)

Lovely Professional University

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University

Mangalore University

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law

Swami   Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana

Tamil Nadu Open University

Assam Don Bosco University

Bhagwant University

Swami Vivekananda Subharti University

Rabindra Bharti University

Asian School of Business Management

ICFAI University

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

SASTRA University

University of Kashmir

Jagannath University

Maulana Azad National Urdu University

TECNIA Instt. of Advanced Studies

Jai Prakash University

Mahatama Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidayalaya

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)

Shivaji University

Vinayaka Missions Sikkim University

Narsee Monjee Instt of Management Studies  (NMIMS)

National Instt of Health & Family Welfare

Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha

Tezpur University

Kuvempu University

Entrepreneur Development  Instt of India

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar  Open University

PS Telugu University

Vardhman Mahavir Open  University

ICFAI Mizoram

PT. Sunderlal Sharma Open University (PSOU)

Dr. Hari Singh Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar

Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University, Jaipur

Tamil University, Thanjavur

Welingkar Institute of  Management Development and Research

All India Management  Association


NIMT Institute of  Technology & Management

Dr. C. V. Raman University

Institute of Rail Transport

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU)

Sri Venkateshwara  University

Pondicherry University

Nalanda Open University

Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University

Mahatma Gandhi  Antarrashtriya Hindi  Vishwavidyalaya

Kannur University

Institute of Chartered  Finance Analysis of India (ICFAI)

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University

Jamila Millia Islamia

UGC has also withdrawn the recognition status of the following universities. Thus,  the below mentioned universities are not allowed to offer programmes through distance mode during the academic year 2015-16:

Name of University/ Institution

University of Kerala

Jodhpur National University

University of Calicut


Also read:

SC cancels technical education via correspondence 

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