New Policy On Distance Learning In Higher Education Sector

In compatibility to the declaration of 100 days plan of HRD of service by Hon’ble Human Resources advancement Minister, a New Policy on Distance Learning In Higher Education Sector was drafted.


1. Regarding Entry 66 of List 1 of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, Parliament is able to make laws for the coordination and assurance of norms in foundations for advanced education for research, and logical and specialized organizations. Parliament has sanctioned laws for releasing this obligation through: the University Grants Commission (UGC) for general Higher Education, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for Technical Education; and other Statutory bodies for different orders. As respects advanced education, through the separation mode, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Act, 1985 was instituted with the accompanying two prime destinations, among others: (a) To give occasions to advanced education to a huge fragment of populace, particularly burdened gatherings living in far off and provincial territories, grown-ups, housewives and working individuals; and (b) to energize Open University and Distance Education Systems in the instructive example of the nation and to organize and decide the guidelines in such frameworks.

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2. The historical backdrop of separation learning or training through separation mode in India, goes a long time ago when the colleges began offering instruction through separation mode for the sake of Correspondence Courses through their Directorate/School of Correspondence Education. Back then, the courses in humanities and additionally in business were offered through correspondence and taken by those, who, attributable to different reasons, remembering set number of seats for normal courses, employability, issues of admittance to the organizations of higher learning and so on, couldn’t get themselves joined up with the traditional ‘up close and personal’ mode ‘in-class’ projects.

3. In the ongoing past, the interest for advanced education has expanded colossally all through the nation due to mindfulness about the hugeness of advanced education, while the arrangement of advanced education couldn’t oblige this regularly expanding request.

4. The situation being what it is, various foundations including esteemed colleges, private colleges, public (Government) colleges and considerably different organizations, which are not engaged to grant degrees, have begun getting the money for on the circumstance by offering separation instruction programs in countless controls, going from humanities to designing and the executives and so on, and at various levels (testament to under-graduate and post-advanced educations). There is consistently a risk that a portion of these organizations may become ‘degree factories’ contribution unacceptable/low quality instruction, thus dissolving the believability of degrees and different capabilities granted through the separation mode. This requires a far more significant level of coordination among the concerned legal specialists, basically, UGC, AICTE and IGNOU and its position – the Distance Education Council (DEC).

5. Legislature of India had explained its situation in regard of acknowledgment of degrees, acquired through the separation mode, for work under it vide Gazette Notification No. 44 dated 1.3.1995.

6. In spite of the dangers alluded to in para 4 over, the noteworthiness of separation instruction in giving quality schooling and preparing can’t be disregarded. Separation Mode of schooling has a significant part for:

(i)providing chance of figuring out how to those, who don’t have direct admittance to eye to eye instructing, working people, house-spouses and so on

(ii)providing occasion to working experts to refresh their insight, empowering them to switchover to new teaches and callings and improving their capabilities for professional success.

(iii)exploiting the capability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the instructing and learning measure; and

(iv)achieving the objective of 15% of GER before the finish of eleventh Plan and 20% before the finish of twelfth long term Plan.

7. To release the Constitutional obligation of assurance and support of the principles in Higher Education, by guaranteeing coordination among different legal administrative specialists as additionally to guarantee the advancement of open and separation schooling framework in the nation to meet the yearnings of all cross-segments of individuals for advanced education, the accompanying strategy in regard of separation learning is set down:

(a) In request to guarantee appropriate coordination in guideline of principles of advanced education in various controls through different modes [i.e. up close and personal and distance] as additionally to guarantee validity of degrees/recognition and declarations granted by Indian Universities and other Education Institutes, a peak body, specifically, National Commission for Higher Education and Research will be set up in accordance with the proposals of Prof. Yash Pal Committee/National Knowledge Commission. A Standing Committee on Open and Distance

Training of the said Commission, will embrace the occupation of coordination, assurance and upkeep of guidelines of instruction through the separation mode. Forthcoming foundation of this body:

(I) Only those projects, which don’t include broad viable course work, will be reasonable through the separation mode.

(ii) Universities/establishments will outline mandates/guidelines/rules, all things considered, explaining the layout of the projects to be offered through the separation mode demonstrating the quantity of required credits, rundown of courses with allocated credits, perusing references notwithstanding self learning material, long periods of study, contact classes at study focuses, tasks, assessment and assessment measure, evaluating and so on

(iii) DEC of IGNOU will just survey the ability of college/establishment in regard of directing separation instruction programs by a group of specialists, whose report will be put before the Council of DEC for thought.

(iv) The endorsement will be given simply after thought by Council of DEC and not by Chairperson, DEC. For the reason, least number of required gatherings of DEC might be recommended.

(v) AICTE would be coordinated under area 20 (1) of AICTE Act 1987 to guarantee accreditation of the projects in Computer Sciences, Information Technology and Management purposed to be offered by a foundation/college through the separation mode, by National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

(vi) UGC and AICTE would be coordinated under area 20 (1) of their separate Acts to outline nitty gritty guidelines endorsing norms for different projects/courses, offered through the separation mode under their command,

(vii) No college/organization, with the exception of the colleges set up by or under an Act of Parliament/State Legislature before 1985, will offer any program through the separation mode, consequently, without endorsement from DEC and accreditation by NBA. Nonetheless, the colleges/establishments previously offering programs in Humanities, Commerce/Business/Social Sciences/Computer Sciences and Information Technology and Management, might be permitted to proceed, subject to the condition to get new endorsement from DEC and accreditation from NBA inside one year, bombing which they will need to end the program and the whole onus regarding the scholarly vocation and budgetary misfortunes of the understudies enlisted with them, will be on such foundations/colleges.

(viii) considering perception of Apex Court, ex-post-facto endorsement allowed by any expert for separation instruction will not be respected and conceded from now on. In any case, the colleges set up by or under an Act of schooling programs in the surges of Humanities/Commerce/Social Sciences before the year 1991 will be rejected from this arrangement.

(ix) The understudies who have been granted degrees through separation mode by the colleges without taking earlier endorsement of DEC and other legal bodies, will be given one possibility, if they satisfy the prerequisite of least principles as recommended by the UGC, AICTE or some other applicable Statutory Authority through Regulation, to show up in assessments in such papers as chosen by the college assigned to direct the assessment. In the event that these understudies qualify in this assessment, the college concerned will give a testament. The degree alongside the said qualifying testament might be perceived with the end goal of business/advancement under Central Government.

(x) An explanation will be given concerning Gazette Notification No. 44 dated 1.3.1995 that it will not be material on to the degrees/certificates granted by the colleges set up by or under an Act of Parliament or State Legislature before 1985, in the surges of Humanities/Commerce and Social Sciences.

(xi) The strategy activities spelt out in succeeding passages will be similarly relevant to organizations offering separation schooling/planning to offer separation training.

(b) All colleges and foundations offering programs through the separation mode will need to have earlier acknowledgment/endorsement for offering such projects and accreditation from assigned equipped position, compulsorily in regard of the projects offered by them. The violators of this will be obligated for suitable punishment as recommended by law. The colleges/establishments offering instruction through separation mode and discovered associated with cheating of understudies/individuals by giving incorrectly/bogus data or wilfully smothering the data will likewise be managed carefully under the corrective arrangements of law.

(c) The colleges/establishments will have their own examination communities for eye to eye guiding and evacuation of challenges as likewise to look for other scholarly and managerial help. Diversifying of separation schooling by any college, establishments whether public or private will not be permitted.

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