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AICTE issues new norms for technical institutions- Must Read

Failing to follow these norms will mean that colleges will have to pay a fine — the amount being twice the total fee collected per student.

Not only this, the AICTE can also suspend approval for NRI and supernumerary seats given to any institution for one academic year.

Also, according to the new rules, no institute will be able to name itself a way that the abbreviated form of the name matches the country’s premier institutes — IIM, IIT, IISc, NIT or government bodies such as AICTE, UGC, MHRD, GoI. Continue reading

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STUDENTS CAN OPT FOR FULLY ONLINE DEGREE COURSES SOON

NEWDELHI: Students and working professionals will soon be able to obtain a degree online and it will be recognised by higher education regulator, the University Grants Commission. The human resource development ministry has decided to allow universities to offer such degrees and is drafting rules, official sources told a leading newspaper.

Once the rules are in place, institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy.

At present, the commission does not recognise any course offered solely through the online mode. A student can get a degree by enrolling in a university and attending classes or through a distance-learning module. From this year, the government has allowed universities to offer 20% of their course material through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform called Swayam. But if a student gets a degree through any online course, it’s not recognised. A number of private universities offer online degrees but not many students opt for them as they are not recognised by the UGC.

 

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Indian Govt's fresh regulations for distance learning courses

NEW DELHI :  Provision of filling an FIR against the management an institute for duping students, installing CCTVs at examination centres and roping in quality faculty are some of the highlights of the regulations for open and distance learning approved by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, sources said.

Under the new regulations, which will be notified soon, universities and institutes offering courses through open and distance learning(ODL) will have to seek fresh approval from the University Grants Commission(UGC) or else their degrees will be considered invalid. The regulations will cover the government as well as the private institutes.

“Degrees acquired through ODL from non-recognised institutes of higher learning will neither be recognised for the purpose of employment in government service nor for pursuing higher education,” said a senior official.

On an average, close to 40 lakh students get enrolled in such universities every year. Source said currently there were no clear guidelines for ODL courses.

“The UGC had been given the charge of open and distance learning from the distance education council. However there were no clear guidelines for ODL. One major issue was that while the courses were  being regulated, the universities were left out. Now the universities will also be regulated. The new regulations will also keep a check on dubious and bogus institutes,” said Ravindra Kumar, VC, IGNOU.

If the institutes fail to comply with the regulations, they can be penalised too.

“If despite penalties, the institutes are found flouting rules or cheating students, FIR may be lodged against the officials/management of the errant higher educational institutions,” reads the draft regulation.

The  new regulations are aimed at improving the quality of programmes offered through the distance mode.

Currently there are over 140 universities/ higher educational institutions which are given approval by the UGC under its distance education bureau to offer courses through the ODL.

 

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