Varsities cautioned on distance programmes

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Chairman, Distance Education Council (DEC) and Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) Vice Chancellor, V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai cautioned Universities and Institutions giving misleading advertisements in newspapers with regard to recognition of their programmes by the DEC.

The institutions violating these norms would be liable to be de-recognised by the DEC, he said in a statement here. He said it was also informed to the institutions offering education through distance mode that any degree/ diploma/ certificate being offered by them through distance mode not recognized by DE will not be accepted for employment in Government service.

Further, those universities which have been approved by DEC for the academic year 2009-10 onwards, were also asked to clearly mention the names of the programmes for which approval has been granted to them, in their advertisements, he said.

The DEC has prescribed the guidelines for determination of the standards for distance education systems in the country. It is mandatory for all institutions, centres and directorates offering programmes through the distance education mode to get their Degrees, Diplomas and Certificate programmes recognised and approved by the DEC.

Apply to DEC

In case an institution is already running distance education programmes, it must apply to DEC for recognition of the institution and its programmes. It is also the responsibility of the institution to strictly adhere to the norms prescribed by the concerned statutory authorities for offering professional and technical programmes.

Prof. Pillai said the institutions and Universities have to submit their applications to the DEC within a month's time in the prescribed proforma available on the DEC website – ‘', for obtaining recognition.