Thursday, July 25, 2013

About validity, controversy and recognition of distance learning degree of PTU (Punjab Technical University) and KSOU (Karnataka State Open University)

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Till now, I have exposed mostly the private university's unholy degree scams and now many actions happening from government side. But there are also  few state government universities who are violating various norms and offering degrees. The difference is: private universities are openly selling degrees whereas these state universities are violating norms, allowing malpractices and offering degrees through the franchisees. The result of this is hampering student's life. The degree obtained become non acceptable for higher studies and public sector job. Therefore students need to be very careful. Please do not go for easy degree which makes your life miserable. Better, do a little hard work. In the life, in the path of success, there is no short cut.

About acceptance of Punjab Technical University and Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)? Is the degree valid?
Well, Punjab Technical University's all full time degrees are valid. But its distance learning programme stands invalid.

What wrong have PTU and KSO done? It is a university so it can offer any degree.
No, this is the half truth that PTU can offer any degree.
To maintain the standard and quality of education including distance education, UGC issued circular and certain norms. After that DEC also set the same norms. Now DEC has dissolved and UGC as well as individual bodies are separately issuing approval related to distance education. Please read the following blog post for more details:

As per the circular as well as previous guidelines, following conditions apply to all universities and institutes offering distance learning programmes:
1. Universities must follow the territorial jurisdiction: This means a central university can offer distance learning degree anywhere in India. A state University can offer within their jurisdiction i.e. the district where they have jurisdiction. You may refer my various blogpost on the same. A private university cannot offer a distance learning course outside the city where they are situated and same rule applies to deemed universities.
Here, KSOU as well as PTU offered the courses in India and abroad breaching the guideline. Any degree in distance mode obtained by violating the jurisdiction becomes invalid for higher studies and public sector job.

2. Franchisee of higher education is not allowed: As per this guideline, all universities have to offer the degree courses by their own. They have to admit students, they have to conduct exams and they have to control everything. Any universities cannot offer franchisee of study centre, cannot allow a private individual to take franchisee and control role of the university. In case of PTU, KSOU as well as SMU, it has happened that they charged private individual and gave them franchisee of its courses. This is a violation and it lead to poor quality and lack of control in degree awarding. For example, IGNOU also offer courses in India and abroad but IGNOU has its own paid staff at regional centres, it controls examinations and overall operations. All universities must follow this norm. Few of the universities complying with this norms are : University of Mumbai, all other state government universities in Maharashtra, Patna University, Aligarh Muslim University, Maulana Azaad National University, University of Delhi, Kurukshetra University, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Universities in Gujarat etc. 

Due to the violation, degrees of KSOU, PTU and SMU becomes invalid.

3. Prior approval of other regulating body: Before offering courses in distance mode, it is mandatory to take approval of other controlling and regulating  bodies. Unfortunately, PTU, SMU as well as KSOU did not take any such approvals. I am listing course and approving body here for your understanding.

Sr. No.
Course Sectors
Degrees Nomenclature
Approving and controlling bodies
Engineering, IT and Management
Diploma in Engineering, BE, B.Tech, M.E., M.Tech, MBA, MMS, MBS, MBE, MCA, MCM, M.Sc. (Computer Science), MS (engineering, software, telecom( etc.,  Master of Management, PGDBA, PGDHRM, PGDMM, PGDFM, PGDM, M.Phil and Ph.D in engineering, technology, management
AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), New Delhi
Diploma in Architecture, B.Arch., M.Arch, M.Phil and Ph.D in architecture
Council of Architecture, New Delhi
Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharm), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm), Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm), M. Phil and Ph.D in pharmaceutical science
Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), New Delhi
ANM, GNM, Diploma in Nursing, B.Sc. Nursing, M.Sc. Nursing, M. Phil and Ph.D in nursing
Indian Nursing Council (INC), New Delhi
MBBS, MD, DM, M.Ch., M.S., M.Sc. (field related to medicine only), Diploma, MHA, DPB, FCPS, MCPS, M.Phil and Ph.D in medicine and any course related to modern medicine
Medical Council of India (MCI), New Delhi
LLB, LLM, M.Phil and Ph.D in Law
Bar Council of India, New Delhi
Ayurvedic Medicine
DAMS, BAMS, MD (Ayurvedic Medicine), MS (Ayurvedic Medicine), Diploma in Ayurved and Ph.D in Ayurvedic Medicine
Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi
Unani Medicine

Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi
Siddha and Naturopathy
Diploma in Naturopathy (ND), Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science (BNYS), Bachelor of Naturopathy (B.Nat.)
Department of AYUSH, Government of India
DHMS, BHMS, MD (Homeopathy), MS (Homeopathy), Ph.D Homeopathy
Central Council of Homeopathy, New Delhi
Teaching and teachers education
D.Ed, B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil and Ph.D in education
National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), Bhopal
Rehabilitation and special education
D.Ed. Special Education, B.Ed. (Special Education), M.Ed. (Special Education), Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology, Hearing impaired, learning disability etc., M.Phil and Ph.D in special Education
Rehabilitation Council of India, (RCI), New Delhi
Aerospace and Aircraft related courses
B.E./ B.Tech. (Aerospace), B.E./ B.Tech. (Aeronautical), Aircraft maintenance engineering, flying related course
AICTE and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation

So even if a university is approved from UGC, it is not sufficient. It has to take approval for the specialised courses above. As of now, except IGNOU nobody offer and nobody can offer B.Sc, Nursing. There is complete ban on offering engineering, pharmacy, architecture, medicine, ayurveda, unani, siddha, homeopathy and aerospace as well as aeronautical engineering courses through distance mode. KSOU, PTU and many other universities openly violated the norms and offered engineering courses through distance mode. Since prior approval was not taken, all these degrees stands invalid.

I hope this information is sufficient to understand why the degrees from SMU, KSOU and PTU is invalid. There are many other universities who are violating the norms. Since many students have trapped in these universities, I focussed the article on this. 

You may refer various newspaper link, show cause notice as follows for more evidence and information. 

Degree scam of Punjab Technical University

PTU barred from admitting students

Delhi HC order to stop admission to PTU

FIR against Punjab Technical University

KSOU defies DEC order

Higher education minister ask KSOU not to declare result

Karnataka Government warn stern action against KSOU

They are simply university. Why they are selling degrees rather than imparting education? I advise students not to take any admission in these universities.

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