Sunday, March 9, 2014

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

Good morning friends,
For the first time readers of my blog, this article will be something new and landed to this page. You may be somebody who already have a distance learning degree, pursuing or planning to pursue. You may read my following article.
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To summarize, you must know that
1. AICTE is the supreme body to grant recognition of engineering programmes and institute. Whatever the degree selling universities like KSOU, Manav Bharti or EIILM say, without AICTE approval the degree stands nowhere.

2. AICTE has stopped engineering degrees in distance mode from 2009 onwards hence all the students enrolled from 2009 onwards for distance learning engineering Diploma, Degree and masters must understand that the degree is completely invalid for higher education in India and abroad.

3. Only being a UGC approved for a university is not enough. They have to maintain minimum standard as per the UGC guideline.


Following are the excerpts from times of India news article about a student who has completed diploma in engineering in distance mode from IGNOU. When he applied for a job/ promotion in navy he was denied and finally he approached Madras High Court. Madras high court told that it is not competent enough to decide on validity of the degree so the appellant should approach UGC.

I hope this open your eyes.
CHENNAI: The Madras high court has said it is not competent to decide the validity of a technical degree for appointments or promotions. Noting that Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) does not have to obtain approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to offer technical courses, the court directed a defence sector employee to move the University Grants Commission (UGC) for necessary relief.
Rajesh P Sankaramatam, an employee of Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, completed a three-year diploma in mechanical engineering from IGNOU in 2012. Next year, CVRDE called applications for senior technical assistant's post, specifying the minimum qualification as diploma in engineering. But his application was rejected on the ground that the IGNOU course had not been approved by the AICTE.
He moved the Central Administrative Tribunal, which dismissed his petition. Later, he approached the high court. CVRDE, in its counter, said the AICTE, as a policy, does not recognize technical courses done through distance education mode. Rajesh's counsel M Dhandapani argues that being a university, IGNOU could commence a technical course without approval from the AICTE.
A division bench of Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice P Devadass said the court had already directed CVRDE not to reject the application and if the examination was scheduled during pendency of the petition, Rajesh was eligible to appear. Directing him to approach UGC, it said, "In the matter of higher education, it is necessary to maintain minimum standards of education and such minimum qualifications are required to be defined by UGC."


Source: 
http://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/Cant-sit-in-judgment-on-validity-of-tech-degree-says-court/articleshow/31574536.cms

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