Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MHRD seeks overhaul of engineering distance courses

In a bid to substantially overhaul engineering and management education through distance mode, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has said any approval of these courses by Distance Education Council (DEC) will have to be done jointly by the tripartite committee of University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and DEC. In case of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the largest university imparting distance education, the ministry has said though it does not require AICTE clearance, IGNOU will have to follow its regulations.

The ministry has also set up a committee under noted legal expert N.R. Madhava Menon to suggest how to resolve overlapping areas of work among the three regulators UGC, AICTE and DEC. AICTE regulations will specify how to carry out management and engineering courses in the distance mode. It will spell out how much of the course should be done through classroom teaching, laboratory work and distance modes, a source said, adding engineering cannot be done without laboratory experience. The ministry's decision comes in the wake of widespread complaints against institutes imparting management and engineering courses in the distance mode without seeking the mandated clearance from AICTE.

Source: The Times of India, August 24, 2010

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