Monday, October 14, 2013

Online degrees from Assam Don Bosco is not approved and it does not have UGC approval

Hello friends,
I was writing blog posts related to state wise distance education programme and under my current project, I was compiling list for Assam State.
Before writing anything on this public platform, I ensured that I have enough documentary evidence as my near to million blog reader put full trust and faith on my research and advise, I do not want to make any false statement to make myself popular (I do not need that either).

Assam Don Bosco is mother of all degree scam among approved private universities in India. Without approval it allow you to write exam even online, without any supervisor, without any exam centre, anywhere in the world.
Wait, looks easy and attractive right? If you just want a degree for namesake, please go ahead but if you need a degree approved by UGC and ministry of HRD, think deeply about it. UGC has not approved such exam system so far.

Why this is a degree scam and its degrees are not approved?

1. Earlier DEC had approved only its MBA and MCA programme but this university is offering BBA, BCA, Executive MBA, MBA , MCA, M.Sc. IT etc which is invalid.
2. Now DEC has dissolved and as per ministry of HRD has clearly stated through its circular no. F.No.6-20/2010-DL that every university has to take separate approval from UGC and AICTE for its distance education however this university- Assam Don Bosco has not done that. Moreover, it is showing old 2007 circular of AICTE stating once approved by DEC separate approval of DEC is not required. It is misleading and making fool to students.
3. This university is offering courses through university 18 i.e. franchisee arrangement which is another violation of UGC guideline on higher education.
4. you can read the chat transcript. They have clearly accepted that they have not taken approval from UGC on their "online" exam pattern and they have also accepted that this means not that the degree may be considered as valid one.

I am posting my chat transcript here, please go through this carefully and take your decision wisely.

Shall you have any query, please feel free to write


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Sweta SinghMon, 10/14/2013 03:27:13 am
Hi. How may I help you?
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:27:22 am
Hi,
In which cities ASsam Don Bosco University offers distance education courses
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:28:38 am
We offer online distance learning program so you can access classes from home with the help of desktop or a laptop connected to an internet
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:29:27 am
Thats fine but for exam, I have to appear in a centre, right?
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:29:41 am
No
We have a system of online web proctored exam system
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:29:58 am
So I can give exam from home only? from my personal computer
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:30:24 am
Students give their exams at a predetermined time of their choice, while being proctored online by the the University's Proctoring Staff, using the Students Web Camera.

Students would require a PC / Laptop with a Web Camera, Microphone and Speakers or a Headset , as well as a dependable Broadband Internet Connection (512K/1MBPS) , to be able to attend these examinations.

These exams can be taken from anywhere in the World.
Please provide me with your contact number?
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:32:26 am
nut does UGC allow such exam pattern as per the minimum requirement for awarding degree?
UGC has asked other universities to offer distance learning degree only if the way of awarding degree is at par with the corresponding university
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:35:14 am
We are running these courses from so long and we have not received any problem of that sort. We are offering courses from Assam Don Bosco University and Karnataka State Open University from long time
You are looking for which program?
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:37:23 am
MBA
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:37:26 am
ok
Could you tell me about your academic qualifications and work experience?
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:38:10 am
you have also mentioned that Assam Don Bosco has AICTE approval but do you have approval for Distance Education programme i.e. MBA and MCA too?
KSOU has lot of controversy
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:38:31 am
AICTE approval is required for regular technical courses
MBA is not a technical program
Currently we are not taking admissions from MCA program
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:40:53 am
no. for MBA also AICTE approval is mandatory and as DEC has dissolved Ministry of HRD through notification clearly told that for distance learning programme under purview of AICTE, separate approval from AICTE is mandatory, please refer MHRD circular no. F.No.6-20/2010-DL 
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:41:28 am
I am sending you a document please check it for your reference
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:41:59 am
Tell me one thing, through web camera how are you monitoring if a student has not opened a web browser or somebody else is not assisting and have you taken approval for this mode of examination
which document
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:42:13 am
That AICTE approval is not mandatory
Also we have proctor team who will be invigilating your exam. And there are various system checks that happens before one can give an exam
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:43:07 am
ok, has it been issued by AICTE or Ministry of HRD
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:43:09 am
yes
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:43:35 am
right but my question is has this method of examination is approved by UGC?
If somebody is in Africa, say Nigeria, how a proctor will reach there and what physical control will be there
Can you please send me the AICTE letter saying no AICTE approval is required whereas I have copy of the letter from MHRD states approval from AICTE for distance education is mandatory
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:45:03 am
The system check is done and they have a control of the computer
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:45:03 am
Can you please provide the link
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:45:15 am
That everything is done by examination department
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:46:32 am
OK can you please send me the AICTE letter stating AICTE approval is not required and also tell me whether you have taken approval from UGC to conduct exam in this mode?
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:46:52 am
I have sent you the document
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:46:57 am
but your website says admission is open for MCA also
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:47:02 am
You may check and revert on my email
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:47:04 am
thank, one minute let me check
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:47:11 am
Thank you
Well we are not taking admission currently for MCA
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:48:05 am
Well, I have gone throught he document, it says courses approved by DEC does not require AICTE approval separately
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:48:14 am
yes . Assam Don Bosco University was DEC recognized
Now since it has dissolved.
UGC will start making new guidelines soon
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:48:53 am
I have mentioned above that DEC is dissolved now and Ministry of HRD has issued a fresh circular that now every institute has to take approval from UGC as well as AICTE as DEC does not exist now
guideline from ministry of hRD is already there
even UGC has put a fresh guideline based on 2009 guideline of DEC on its website
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:50:24 am
You will not find any distance learning programs AICTE approved
Also do you know any university offering distance learning courses approved by AICTE
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:51:33 am
yes, IGNOU, please check a letter clearly stated by AICTE that its MCA and MBA programme are approved by AICTE even YCMOU
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:53:36 am
Also I cannot provide you with separte letters from UGC from the online examination. And till now we have not faced any such challenges
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:54:40 am
:) not facing challenges do not validate the degree, I hope you agree.
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:54:44 am
yes
Can I help you with anything else?
GovindMon, 10/14/2013 03:55:08 am
no thats all thanks.
Kandra AhirMon, 10/14/2013 03:55:23 am
Thank you for your time
Duration: 00:28:34

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