Is an open and distance learning degree substandard?

Above headline and article appeared today in Hindustan Times. I disagree to the statement that all the open and distance learning degrees are sub standard. Yes, the fact is, out of all the distance and open learning institutes, hardly 25% are providing quality education and rest are just selling it. 

The problem with India's distance and open learning courses and institutes are

1. People have wrong perception that the degree is not useful at all
2. Almost every private and deemed and few state government universities are involved in degree selling rackets.
3. The quality of study materials and supports are very poor.
4. Few universities such as VIT/ NMIMS do not accept distance learning qualifications at all.
5. Private employers are not very keen to accept distance learning degrees due to poor qualifications.
6. Good universities lack infrastructure and quality. For example, Mumbai University could not develop its course materials for post graduate since 2005. It is taking them more than a decade for a simple thing. 
7. High level of irregularities and corruption in UGC, DEC, DEB and AICTE is leading to inefficiency and loosely managed affairs of distance education. 

I am sure, they will wake one day and a distance learning degree will be awarded stringently as University of Mumbai, University of Delhi, University of Pune, University of Hyderabad etc. do. 

A recent Calcutta High Court judgment on open and distance learning (ODL) degrees casts a shadow on the future of 30 lakh students.

Is a degree from an open and distance learning (ODL) system at par with a degree awarded by a formal university? Apparently not, if one goes by a recent Calcutta High Court judgment expressing serious reservations about the quality of education imparted through distance mode.
The court’s observations contradict a Gazette notification of the Central government dated March 1, 1995, and subsequent circulars issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which state that an ODL degree is equivalent to a degree obtained through regular university education.

“Degrees/diplomas/certificates awarded by open universities in conformity with the UGC notification of degrees be treated as equivalent to corresponding awards of the traditional universities in the country,” states a UGC circular issued on October 14, 2013.
The Calcutta High Court, in the meanwhile, deciding a candidate’s eligibility for the post of a principal on the basis of his PhD obtained from an open university, recently stated, “We have no hesitation to hold that be it a graduation degree, a Master degree, Ph D degree or M Phil degree which is granted by an open university either through distance mode of education programme or through any informal education programme cannot be equated with the graduation degree, Master degree, PhD degree granted to a candidate by Formal Conventional Recognised Universities after conducting a conventional course  on regular basis.”
Though concerned about the court’s observations, academicians and experts from the field of ODL programmes have accepted that the perception of the ODL system not being qualitatively at par with regular education is because of deteriorating quality and lack of strong regulatory measures.
Manoj Soni, vice-chancellor, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, who is also chairman of the MHRD’s three-member committee reviewing the feasibility of the Distance Education Council of India draft bill, finds the HC observation “quite alarming,” adding that “It will disappoint and discourage students from joining the ODL system”.
“I agree that some fringe elements in the distance education sector have compromised with norms and indulged in unacceptable practices, but it doesn’t mean that the whole sector should be put in the dock. There are serious violations in the formal system of education as well. It’s due to this ODL system that those from an economically deprived background have been able to get good education,” says Soni. 
Well-known scholar, Prof N R Madhava Menon, who chaired a committee on reforms in distance education and gave its report in 2012, says that in principle there should be no distinction between regular and open university degrees. “There is lack  of credibility in the distance education system because all types of players have been allowed to play and no proper regulatory system is in place today. Delay in enacting the Distance Education Council of India draft bill, which has been envisaged as a strong regulator for the ODL system, is going against the interests of lakhs of students,” says Menon.
Experts say that despite UGC’s own notification barring state and private universities offering courses beyond their own geographical boundaries, majority of universities were flouting rules. “The situation has become so bad that now there is trust deficit among universities – they are not honouring each others’ degrees for admitting students in higher programmes,” says Swarj Basu, former director, Distance Education Council (DEC), an erstwhile regulator of the ODL system. He says the government should have woken up in 2009 when the Supreme Court in the matter of Annamalai University had asked if the alternative system was envisaged under the Open University Act in substitution of the formal system. The apex court had stated: “In our opinion, in the matter of ensuring the standard of education, it is not. The distinction between a formal system and informal system is in the mode and manner in which education is imparted.”

Article credit: Hindustan Times

Distance learning engineering, hotel management and architect degrees are invalid in India

I had posted a relevant article earlier on my blog, but repeatedly I have been getting query on this subject from people. I thought to produce it with concrete evidence. 

I want you to read my following article before reading this article (Please click)

Next time you want to pursue distance engineering degree be doubly sure

Also, please click on following link too

Above two articles provide lot of required information and clarity on validity of distance education engineering, hotel management and architect programmes. 

Many private and deemed universities and few private degree selling agents of such private and deemed universities are openly selling engineering degrees. If you have read my blog multiple times and well, you must have realised now that there are 4 types of universities and out of that central universities are most reputed and valuable. Most corrupts and worst are private universities. Many students, including those pursuing full time courses from these private and deemed universities (private deemed universities) suffer a lot. They do not get recognition, they do not get placements and they do not become eligible for higher studies and job in India and abroad. It is their loss of money, time and they go under mental harassment from these private and private deemed universities. I have exposed these institutes time  to time. 

Now, let me clarify about these private and deemed universities offering distance learning engineering programmes. They are advertising through their agents, they are advertising on so called education websites such as India education, Shiksha, HT and so on. These are media run websites with the motive of making profit through advertisement. They never do due diligence before accepting advertisement of such institutes. 

AICTE is very clear and specified through its letter no (I am reproducing it below) F.No. 1-45/UB/2010 dated August 05, 2010 has clearly specified :

"It has been the policy of the AICTE , not to recognize the qualifications acquired through distance mode at Diploma, Bachelors and Masters Level in the field of Engineering and Technology including Architecture, Town Planning, Pharmacy, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Applied Arts and Carfts, Pst Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). AICTE recognize only MBA and MCA through distance mode."

In the light of above, B.Tech degree acquired through distance education, from any university/ deemed university are not approved by AICTE. 

I hope above statement makes it very clear. AICTE does not recognize above mentioned distance learning programme except MBA and MCA. Further, even though AICTE recognize distance MBA and MCA, they must be awarded as per other specified conditions including taking prior separate approval from AICTE, following territorial jurisdiction, taking all the exams in the campus only in case of private and deemed university and so on. 

I a,m sure, you must have few question after reading this article. I'll try my level best to answer those queries.

Now lets move to few questions and answers to provide you clarity

1. I completed BE/ B.Tech in distance mode in 2009 from JNTU Hyderabad (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad). Is it recognized by AICTE? May I apply for higher studies, government job, job abroad and to study abroad?
Yes. If you have completed it by 2009 then only you are eligible. Only following programmes had AICTE and DEC approval
B. Tech. in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering 

2. Which other distance learning BE/ B.Tech are recognized then and under which conditions?
Andhra University Vishakhapatnam
B. Tech. (Chemical Engineering)  BE in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Electronics & Communications Engineering

3. Jamia Millia Islamia University Jamia Nagar, New Delhi
Diploma in Power generation engineering 
Diploma in Power transmission engineering  
4. Thapar University Patiala [Formerly Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology]
Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences Pilani
M.E. (Collaborative) – Industrial Development, Industrial Production, Project Engineering 

 MVS – Computer Operations & Applications, Information Management, Footwear Technology, Physician Assistant, Office Management 

 B.S. in – Pharmacy Operations, Technological Operations, Industrial Management, Engineering Technology, Information Systems, Process Engineering, Engineering & Industrial Technology, Optometry, Physician Assistant, Power Engineering, Nautical Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Engineering, Ophthalmic Assistant, Nautical Technology, Engineering Design 

 First Level Diploma in Computer  Applications, Instrument Servicing & Maintenance, Workshop Technology, Footwear Technology, Nautical Sciences 

 M.Sc. (Tech.) – Pharmaceutical Chemistry 

 M.S. in – Computer, Electronics & Control, Pharmacy Operations, Software Systems, Systems & Information, Technological Operations, Science & Technology, Computer Science, Pharmacy Operations, Physical Sciences, Electronic Sciences, Engineering Management, Habitat Technology, Life Sciences, Design Engineering, Management Systems, Biomedical Sciences, Industrial Production & Management, Consultancy Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, Consciousness Studies, Software Engineering, Micro-electronics, Quality Management, Manufacturing Management, Chemical Technology, e-Business, Pharmaceutical Operations and Management, Telecommunications and Software Engineering, Embedded Systems, Mechanical Systems Design, Science Communication, Systems Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Educational System Management

5. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik
Diploma in engineering
Diploma in architecture
Bachelor of Architect

The condition was, they cannot offer any course beyond 2009. All the course, even if any one of the above university is offering after 2009 stands invalid.

I got the point. Now KSOU, RVD University (Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University), IASE deemed university, Shobhit University, Technoglobal University, Manav Bharati University, EIILM University, CMJ University, C V Raman University, Chhatisgarh University, Swami Vivekanand University, Shridhar University  etc. are offering me quick engineering degree. Are they valid?
No, they are mostly fake and being sold with the nexus of the university officials. Out of these, few universities already shut down their shop or working low profile now. Avoid any such degree. You may be getting email from them providing easy degree, but you my lose your time and money both. 

BITS Pilani is still offering BS and MS course. Are they valid?
BITS is a very reputed institute, but it also want to make money. Their programmes do not have AICTE as well as DEB approval after 2010 hence any such degrees are not recognized. You cannot bank upon this degree for higher education and public sector job, few universities may not accept the degree too, however, if you are working in a private sector and looking for a tag of a reputed institute, you may pursue it. Here is the transcript from one of my blog reader, who after a lot of research finally joined BITS Pilani.

Here is the transcript:

"Hi Govind, Finally I registered for the off campus M Tech program from BITS, Pilani. I got a live example of a such student who did PhD from IIT after pursuing this degree. I heard Anna Univ. and Tamilnadu Univ does not accept this. But, many other universities are accepting this as eqvt to regular MTech including IITs.
Also, my employer is sponsoring this degree On the condition that if I leave within 2 years I have to refund the money to my employer.

The HR department strongly suggests that I do this program. Also, they told they will put me at per with other regular M Techs whenever company asks MTech for any other position etc.

thanks govind. i mentioned to HR whatever you told me and they told they already knew all BITS Plinali does not have DEB approval etc...but they do not care.

yah, but if i do well, i'll do again off campus PhD from BITS Pilani...but for that I have to study well...
I'm filling a RTI to UGC if I can appear for NET using this degree. I'll also keep you posted. will do this in a day or two

its not that much risk as BITS is a well known institute for BITS even I would not have care about DEB approval it pose risk just for PhD but you have taken a right decision
do not worry

Hi Govind, I took admission in BITS, Pilani off-campus M. Tech program and I find it to be very good. Excellent quality live lectures. They put tremendous pressure through assignments, mid-semester and end-semester examination.The questions are such that it requires in depth knowledge of the subject. Answers are not available in text book. In terms of Quality its as per the standard of BITS, Pilani regular course. Same syllabus etc... Even, they are allowing admission to PhD if someone gets 60% marks and can clear NET / GATE exam

No doubt they are good
only thing, they should have sought approval "

As far as somebody is not looking for government jobs, the programme is very good

My suggestion for people who want to opt BS and MS from BITS in off campus mode:  Please speak to your HR department and do only if they are sponsoring it. The cost for MS goes around 2 lakhs. If you are least bothered about government approval, you must do it. It is much better than many regular programmes. 

I am working in private sector and has no plan to pursue PhD or public sector job, should I still worry about AICTE approval?
Yes, you should if:
1. You are planning higher studies abroad in near future.
2. If you are planning immigration
3. If you are planning to start teaching as a career

Degree from any university does not work. If you do from institutes like BITS, its add value, but doing it from KSOU, JRN  and other institutes mentioned above, then it is of no worth. They are just piece of paper. 

Is AMIE/ AMIECHE/ AMIETE etc. are recognized as equivalent to BE/ B.Tech?
Yes, for higher studies in India, it is definitely approved. Following are equivalent to BE/ B.Tech in their respective branch of engineering

• The Institution of Engineers (India) (AMIE)

• The Aeronautical Society of India (AESI) (eligible only for aerodynamics, structures and propulsions streams)

• The Indian Institute of Metals (AMIM)

• The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (AMIIChemE)

• The Institution of Electronics and Tele-communication Engineering (AMIETE)

For government job, only those who have enrolled upto 2012 are valid. 

AMIE and such other chartered engineering degrees are not approved in every country. You need to check about it. 

In 2012, Government of India, Ministry of HRD had issued a circular asking these institutes (IE, IETE, IME and more total 15) not to admit fresh students. The matter is subjudice and both Institute of Engineers and IETE has got stay order from Delhi High Court of Ministry of HRD circular hence the degrees are still valid till the next hearing.

Without an engineering degree, I cannot get promotion in my job. What should I do now?
I see BITS Pilani's BS as only option for you as it still has corporate value and good in knowledge too. You should not be victim of various fake universities and institutes. Just do due diligence, speak to your HR whether they are willing to accept BITS BS programme and take further decision.

Is AICTE approval mandatory for every university?
Yes. As per the Supreme Court order, now it is mandatory for universities to take AICTE approval. I am soon going to publish list of all AICTE approved universities. 

Are you going to expose such fake colleges and institutes?
Yes. It need lot of research. I have already exposed many of them on  my blog. Please search and read. Few of them are IIMTS, Khatu Shyam College, IIME, SSK College, Aditya College of engineering, IIKM Chennai, Way 2 Career, IMTS, KSIMT (Khatu Shyam ), EIMT, TQM Biz school, these are the partial list. 

I hope I have been able to provide you more clarity through this article. Please feel free to ask your genuine query for which answers are not available on this article or my any previous article.

Have a safe career.


Top 10 business writing mistake in Infographic

This is a fantastic infographic I got through email from This is interesting and puts emphasis why our business writing is important. Please read and share.

Top 10 Common Business Writing Blunders & 5 Everyday Grammatical Mistakes (Infographic)

Jaro education is a fake online business school in India

I posted an article about Jaro almost two years back and luckily, due to my this post,  thousands of people could save their career.

The article is available at following link. Jaro has tried to pull it down at least 3 times and I have been republishing it again and again. I am definitely not going to give up. Here, through this article, I am exposing them much more and with reference to their updated website and new modus operandi.

Here are few points

1. Jaro is unethical to society, students as well as to its own employees.
Jaro calls itself online B school. In India, there is no such concept exist call online B- schools. People pursue MBA and management mainly for promotions, higher education and for job. In India, many organisation do not give preference to B class, C class, Tier 2 or tier 3 full time B schools in the job. Forget about online or distance MBA, employer even do not give much preference to much valid 3 years part time MBA from institutes like JBIMS, Welingkar and so on. 

Jaro is just an agent. The same way you read in the newspaper. It is a commercial organisation and it has nothing to do with education and training. 

Please read my following article to know why I am saying this

How to identify if a college is a real or a fake? Read this article to save your career and year

Jaro Education, a big degree scam selling fake degrees now taking down this article to hide their crime

2. Jaro claims offering from MBA/ degree from certain universities, let us have a look at them

PGDM From NMIMS university: NMIMS is a deemed university As per the UGC and DEB norms, NMIMS cannot offer any course outside its campus. Even if it is online, they have to conduct exam at NMIMS campus only. Further, as per UGC guideline, any university whether state, central, private or deemed, they cannot offer course through franchisee agreement and through a private agent. Jaro is just an agent and due to this NMIMS Diploma automatically becomes invalid. NMIMS Diploma in management is not an MBA programme and it does not hold any corporate as well as academic value. in fact, after spending your money and time of 2 years, if you go back to apply for NMIMS PhD, NMIMS will not accept its own diploma as rhey need 2 years full time MBA to pursue its PhD. 

Please read my following article for more details

Question and answer on distance PG diploma of NMIMS

NMIMS, a well reputed and among the top 10 B schools in India also offer distance learning and online PG Diploma, but many people do not realise that it is just a diploma without any corporate or academic value and it does not have industrial recognition. In fact, NMIMS itself does not recognize its own diploma for higher studies in NMIMS. It shows the dual face of institute of such repute, unethical and selling junk. If NMIMS believe that its distance learning programmes are at par with its full time MBA, it must recognize it, offer MBA and not PG Diploma or else make the picture clear.

I am sure, you must have realise now the nexus between NMIMS and Jaro- the degree scam master. 

URAL University: Ural is a Russian University. No doubt, it is well known and ranked in Russia, however, India does not recognize a distance, online or part time degree and post graduate degree of any foreign university. For a full time degree, a prior UGC approval is mandatory. Jaro, as a private body, cannot seek UGC approval. This degree will not be going to helpful in anyway to your career other than just a tag of an international MBA. 

Ulyanovsk University:  No doubt, it is well known and ranked in Russia, however, India does not recognize a distance, online or part time degree and post graduate degree of any foreign university. For a full time degree, a prior UGC approval is mandatory. Jaro, as a private body, cannot seek UGC approval. This degree will not be going to helpful in anyway to your career other than just a tag of an international MBA. 

Bharathiar University: Bharathiar is a UGC NAAC A rated university and a well known one. However, as per the UGC and DEB guideline, it has to offer course from its own study centre within the state of Tamil Nadu only. If you are from Tamil Nadu and can attend courses including exam in Tamil Nadu, it is a good option. If you apply directly to the University only then your degree remains valid, also you can save almost 20,000 to 30,000 by directly applying to the Bharathiar University. Then why you should waste your money? Further, Bharathiar University cannot appoint a private franchisee to offer its courses then how can Jaro act as an agent for this university? UGC is being tough on such universities day by day. 

Alliance University: Alliance is neither so reputed nor authorised to offer course outside its campus as it is a private university. It does not provide MBA, it is just PG Diploma which has no value. 

Jaro is unethical about its employees too
I got following email from one of Jaro's employee long but I did not publish it. Since they are acting more foolishly by trying to block my article. If they are so much confident about them, why do not they provide all relevant documents which can prove my points are wrong. I know they cannot. They tried to take down all the complaints through fake profiles, fake testimonials even those on the public complaint forum. This is highly unethical practice. Let us look at following mail.

Hi Govind 

I have been reading your blogs. I used to work for jaro education. You are right its a fraud company. However my issue here is  different. It was on march 11th that around 50 BDE's resigned from Future Education ltd which was a joint venture between future group and net HR which is owned by Sanjay Salunke the owner of Jaro education. Please guide me as to how we can lodge a formal complaint. They have been sending letters, threatening legal actions against us. They are way to unethical. The moment your blog about jatro education was published their employees have actually advertised jaro education by writing all positive comment on the blog. You can check the link that you have mentioned on your website. They have failed to understand that it is a complaint forum. Professionals like you who have vast experience can help us who are at the executive level.

Kindly find attached below the letter we had sent to the labour ministry but till date we havent got any reply from them.   

Dear Sir,


It’s after several long thoughts, that i am drafting this mail to you with hope that your vast experience in solving and handling several queries of employeesthese many years.

I would like to take you across through the unethical act about my past company , where their harassment is taking the career graph of ex-employees to a very bad level..It was last year we had joined Future education ltd with a dream to make my career with a big brand and venture of future group. With welingkar being one more brand attached to this company i was carefree that my career was about to take a quick start , who knew till the time i was made to encounter the unethical and tactful politics of the management towards several employees

Nobody was really aware that the one brand was in short related to two more brands who were following the business rules as per their wish . JAROEDUCATION and EINS EDUCATION,  I am writing this, as would like to bring it to your kind attention and want to aware the public about this company . It was the dreadful day when the company didn’t think to pay respect to its employees and made their rules which nowhere were in relation to the labour laws. 10 hour working, and what not .The performance of all employees were ignored and the de motivation part was that more than 20 people left the company with no notice. 

Not a single person with more than 2 years experience was bothered to take their relieving letter as the harassment was more than a humiliation to face for . 

My idea behind this seeks a humble request to meet any of the senior people to discuss about the issue that we are still facing and with the hope that still the labour ministry are there to support the employees with executive level as well.

Eagerly awaiting for your response

Kind regards

I am sure this email from employee is enough to open your eyes. No doubt, Jaro is a big education corruption and highly unethical organsiation.

Let me know if you have any query

February 27, 2015

Top 10 must watch TED talks for managers, working professional, entrepreneurs and any business professionals

Once, I was going through TED talks and could not resist from sharing these videos. Whoever you are, whether a fresher, somebody who want to start a business, a mid level professional still feel to remain independent but feel got rejected or whether you are a boss and still under lot of biases and stereotypes, you must watch it.

1. Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

I rank this on the top due to one simple reason- it teaches you through few examples how not to do a business and how business with similar plan, more or same ability gets fail while others get success. Simon Sinek has written a book titled "start with Why" and I am sure I must read this book now. He simply explains reason for failure of many business and I think, today, many start ups must watch this video before copying any business. I am soon going to write a separate article on this.

#2. Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

Jason Fried is the author of bestselling business book Rework and co-founder of 37-signals. I loved this video as it opens with questioning how we have built office and why for many people working on these offices and meetings are not possible and how they are sheer wastage. It is thought provoking. People need their own time and way of being productive. I agree to him. 

#3. Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation

This is another important and a must watch TED talks. Although I do not agree to his few statement (or I need to verify those hypothesis at least), It provoke us to think. He is a former Al Gore speechwriter and career analyst. Dan Pink explain through stories that what should be our people management approach. He put more emphasis on creativity and why we should engage people on creative activity. I am sure, the google way example makes lot of sense. 

#4. Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts

This video starts with simple examples and her experience. Her every experience from her school days to later on explains well about why there is no absolute introvert and extrovert and we, managers need to come out of the thinking that extroverts are only good and not introverts. A lovable TED talk. Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant. She is also author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. She cites examples of few great leaders to explain the same. 

#5. Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor has put this video excellently forward. He is a  popular Harvard lecturer and CEO of Good Think Inc., He starts with example how he avert a disaster of being bitten from his parents and further explains by challenging our age old assumption that we work to be happy, flipping the equation around to argue that happiness actually makes one more productive. In this absolutely hilarious and inspiring talk, Achor explains how organizations can increase the happiness and meaning of their employees and thereby raise success rates and profitability. A must watch for every manager. 

#6. Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do

I bet you that when you start watching this video, you cannot stop laughing.  Tony Robins is a Well known life coach and motivational speaker. Through this video, he puts emphasis that instead of motivating people, our focus should be on helping on them to achieve what they want to do and what are those forces motivating them to do it.

#7. Tom Wujec – Build A Tower Build A Team

I am least interested in cricket. Today, when India Vs Pakistan match concluded and India, again became a winner or victor, there was a discussion happening in HR Shapers group on whatsapp where I am also a member and the comment came, India won because we played as a team and nobody wanted to win as alone. Same happens with us in our life. When we were children, we wanted things to do just to do and we never wanted to be a winner. When we grow, we fear somebody else should not win. This TED talk tells about the same very principle. Through Marshmellow problem, he explains about making the best team, enhance productivity. It is a simple team-building exercise to see who can build the tallest tower using dry spaghetti, tape and a . What makes for the most successful teams may surprise you. “

#8. Itay Talgum – Lead Like the Great Conductors

This is all about leadership example and lesson through the example of Orchestra Music conductor. Through this example, you can see why as a leader they succeeded and failed. Sometime, you just need to lead people to succeed and work how they want to do, you just need to tell them that you are enjoying the production. Lovable.

#9. Richard St. John – 8 Secrets of Success

This video is all about passion. It does not tell any story, it does not tell you things in details. It talks about the simple thing, "follow what you love and see money following you automatically".

#10. Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Its all about our body language. This video talks about our body language and how we need to take care of our genstures. 

A fake institute in Ahmedabad selling fake degrees, beware from International Institute of Management and Technical Studies

I am highly thankful to my blog readers who contact me one after another their query and then I need to focus on such institutes and then I need to write them in details after doing due diligence. 

I request my readers including those friends from HR fraternity, my returning blog reader, fresh blog readers and many to please go through my following articles:

If you are looking for a distance learning programmes (any programme not completed by attending a regular college is a distance learning programmes), you must read this

Now, coming back to the point about IIMT Ahedabad, let me explain why is it fake. 
If you go through above articles, you may note the following

1. Only a University can offer a degree programmes, If anybody offer the course who are not a university, such degree is a fake as institute awarding them are fake. Only government, parliament and state legislature can start a university. Any individual or university cannot start a university without passing an Act in the state legislature or in a parliament. 

2. AICTE has banned distance learning engineering diploma, degree and masters programme. So, even if a university offer such programmes, they are invalid. 

Following is the address of the institute. I am deleting contact no and web URL as I do not want this institute to get an opportunity to advertise
International Institute of Management and Technical Studies
Address : 56 B-Wing, Pariseema Complex,
Bodyline Cross Road,
Ahmedabad - 9.

Why is this institute is fake?
First of all, this institute is not a college. Second, this institute is not affiliated to any university and even not a study centre of any recognized university.

Second, Like other any master scam and fake institute, it too has focussed on the programmes which is high in demand- engineering and management. 
This institute has not mentioned from which university it is offering the programmes. Further, none of the universities are allowed to offer engineering courses then how this institute is offering the same. ?

Third, it is making fool to people. When people are cross verifying after reading my blog, 

It says that it has Gujarat government's approval. However, it is making fool to general people by showing a MoU (Memorandum of Association) during vibrant Gujarat Summit. MoU is even not a contract, it is just a proposal signed. Even when you decide to sell your flat to somebody, with or without accepting any token amount. Tell me simply, does that mean you have already sold your flat to that person and the person is the owner?

Please see following image about MoU

This MoU is not an agreement, approval from state government about this institute. You may search definition of MoU as well as take help of a legal expert you know. 

Now, see How this institute is misleading people by the fake UAE government recognition status. You must be aware that in order to get job abroad on the basis of qualification, you must have the degree attested by the Ministry of HRD. In terms of central universities, the degree will be attested by ministry of HRD, Government of India. In terms of a state university or a private university or a deemed university, the degree will be attested by the general administration department or education department. In no case, any government will not attest a certificate which does not fall under the category. For example, if you complete a degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth and even if you stay at Sikkim, you have to apply to education department of Maharashtra Government to attest the same. 
IIMT is not a university, hence its degree will not be attested at any cost. While sending email to students, it is sending just a page which has stamp and not the complete document. Look at this image:

Where is the full document which can tell what is it? This can be an application for a license, can be a bail, can be anything but definitely not attestation. If IIMT would have been a recognized institute, it should have posted a full documents with attestation from Gujarat Government. 

It claims it is an autonomous institute, is it?
No. Even an autonomous institute needs UGC approval. Only UGC has authority to grant autonomous institute status. Basically, an autonomous institute is an institute under a state or a central university who has enough infrastructure and capability to deliver the programme  on its own, so UGC grants them autonomy, more funds so they define their syllabus, conduct it as per the way but ultimately, students will get marksheet from a university only. 

Misleading affiliation and recognition
On its website it mentions affiliation from UKAS (what is that?), Gujarat Textile Association (how a textile association can be a affiliation for an educational institute), Gujarat Knowledge society (what is it). An institute must have affiliation from a university and from nothing else. 

It has cleverly accepted it is a fake institute in its FAQ page.
If you read its FAQ page for which you need to search a lot, you will find that it has accepted that it is a fake institute. 

Please read following excerpts
Q.1)    Is IIMT approved by AICTE &/or UGC ?
Ans : 1. Sir we have not taken the AICTE approval. There are more than a few reasons behind that. First of all they have certain norms like to run an institute you should have 5 acres of land in an urban area or 25 acres in a non urban area.
2. Also your classroom size should be this much and you should have a bank balance of in crores. Since we are running distance learning programs we do not need this much of land.
3. Secondly if we take there approval we will lose out on a lot of our sturdy points for example we will not be able to provide you with fast track education as the duration would be decided by AICTE.
4. As we also provide 100% (JPA) Job Placemen Assistance, we might not be in the position to provide such facility to our students under AICTE.
5. As far as UGC is concerned, they give grants to a university and we are not a university.

My comments: This is completely misleading. In fact UGC does not have rights to grant any institute a status of university except deemed university. All universities must be established by passing an Act either in a parliament or a state legislature. Further, in a remote part, 25 acre land cost hardly 25 lakhs which is not a high. This institute, on its MoU signed with Gujarat government talks about investing 300 crore. So is the amount high?
Q.2)    How can you give MBA in 6 Months ?
 Ans : The program is for 2 years, however we give this facility to our students wherein hey can finish the program any time between 6 month and 2-years. Generally if you pursue MBA from some other institute and even if you finish your studies in 13 months you can give your exam only after 24 months. In our case if you finish your studies in 13 months, you can give your exams and get your certifications done; as a result you are saving your own 11 months. The duration of the program utterly depends on the student caliber.

My comments: Again a big fake. Can you complete MBA in just 5 subject and 6 months, never. Every degree must follow UGC guideline on minimum duration i.e. a degree should be of minimum 3 years and a masters minimum 2 years. 
Q. 3)    Will the companies accept 6 months MBA ?
Ans : Sir, first of your entire certificate will not indicate that you have finished your program in 6 months or 8 month. It just indicates the &date you have finished your program. Secondly today in the corporate world, more of the working professions are interested in fast track duration courses to save their time, money and efforts; and the companies too. Companies even promote such fast track courses for their employee as part time courses.

My comments: No. most of the organisation not even accept your application for a job. Ask them to provide name of 5 such well known employer. I know they will never

Q. 7     But will this certificate be valid in govt jobs as I think they need the candidate to be a MBA from a AICTE approved university  only ?
 Ans : 1. Sir I can assure you that this certificate will be valid anywhere as far as jobs are concerned.
2. If you allow me to send you a copy of our prospectus, you will find a list of people who have finished their program from our institute and many of them are in govt sector.

My comments: For government jobs, they even do not accept a degree of a known reputed state university if the degree is awarded by violating UGC and AICTE norms then how will they accept it?  Please read my following article how a Punjab Babu lost his job due to submission of KSOU degree which did not have AICTE and DEB approval

Q. 12) How many specializations do you offer ?
 Ans : We offer more than 100 specializations; hence we have a course for almost everyone.

My comments: Even top institute like IITs, IIMs do not have capacity to offer so many specialisation. Government must award them Bharat Ratna/

I hope, I have been able to clarify on this subject and open your eyes. Please ask if you have any query. Please do not become victim of such fraud institutes.  This institute can send me a legal notice and I am open to debate anywhere - open forum, court of law with this institute. This is another Jaro and institutes like them. Please beware.

February 15, 2015