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UGC Distance Degree Recognised for Central Government Jobs

UGC Distance Degree Recognised for Central Government Jobs – Experts have, however, cautioned that it is desirable that the regulatory vacuum in respect of the ODL should be removed first before proceeding with any major decision that could have large implications.

In a Major relief to millions of people who had qualified through the open and distance learning (ODL) education system, the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has notified that all degrees, diplomas and certificates, including those related to technical education, awarded through the open and distance learning (ODL) education, stand recognised for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the central government, However, the same should have been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Ministry of Human Resources and Development has published the official notification at website. The announcement was required due to some changes in the distance education sector. Previously, the confirmation of all distance courses needed approval of the Distance Education Council.

The Distance Education Council which worked under the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)  and worked as the distance education regulator was removed two years back and the whole range of distance education was moved to UGC, the apex body of higher education.

The notification of the MHRD reads as follows, “The central government hereby notifies that all the degrees/diplomas/ certificates including technical education degrees and diplomas awarded through open and distance learning mode of education by the universities established by an Act of Parliament or state legislature, institutions deemed to be universities under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 and Institution of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognised for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the central government provided they have been approved by the UGC.”

Experts have, however, cautioned that it is desirable that the regulatory vacuum in respect of the ODL should be removed first before proceeding with any major decision that could have large implications. The distance education council (DEC), an erstwhile regulatory body for ODL, has been dissolved by the government since May 2013 and efforts are still on to bring in new regulator.

Source: The Times of India

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