New Policy On Distance Learning In Higher Education Sector

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 improvement Minister, a New Policy on Distance Learning In Higher Education Sector was drafted.


1. As far as Entry 66 of List 1 of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, Parliament is skilled to make laws for the coordination and assurance of measures in foundations for advanced education for research, and logical   and specialized establishments. Parliament has sanctioned laws for releasing this duty 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 chances to advanced education to a huge section of populace, particularly burdened gatherings living in remote and provincial regions, grown-ups, housewives and working individuals; and (b) to empower Open University and Distance Education Systems in the instructive example of the nation and to facilitate and decide the principles in such frameworks.

2. The historical backdrop of separation learning or training through separation mode in India, goes path back 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 as well as 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 access to the establishments of higher learning and so on., couldn’t get themselves took a crack at the ordinary ‘up close and personal’ mode ‘in-class’ projects.

3. In the ongoing past, the interest for advanced education has expanded massively all through the nation in view of mindfulness about the essentialness of advanced education, though the arrangement of advanced education couldn’t suit this consistently expanding request.

4. In light of the current situation, various organizations including considered colleges, private colleges, open (Government) colleges and much different establishments, which are not engaged to grant degrees, have begun getting the money for on the circumstance by offering separation training programs in an enormous number of orders, extending from humanities to building and the executives and so on., and at various levels (endorsement to under-graduate and post-advanced educations). There is consistently a threat that a portion of these establishments may become ‘degree plants’ contribution unsatisfactory/low quality instruction, thus dissolving the believability of degrees and different capabilities granted through the separation mode. This requires a far further extent of coordination among the concerned legal specialists, essentially, UGC, AICTE and IGNOU and its power – the Distance Education Council (DEC).

5. Legislature of India had explained its situation in regard of acknowledgment of degrees, earned 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 training and preparing can’t be disregarded. Separation Mode of training has a significant job for:

(i)providing chance of figuring out how to those, who don’t have direct access to up close and personal educating, working people, house-spouses and so forth.

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

(iii)exploiting the capability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the educating and learning process; and

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

7. So as to release the Constitutional duty of assurance and upkeep of the principles in Higher Education, by guaranteeing coordination among different legal administrative specialists as additionally to guarantee the advancement of open and separation training framework in the nation to meet the desires of every cross-segment of individuals for advanced education, the accompanying arrangement in regard of separation learning is set down:

(an) In request to guarantee appropriate coordination in guideline of measures of advanced education in various teaches through different modes [i.e. vis-à-vis and distance] as additionally to guarantee validity of degrees/confirmation and endorsements granted by Indian Universities and other Education Institutes, a peak body, to be specific, 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 attempt the activity of coordination, assurance and upkeep of guidelines of instruction through the separation mode. Pending foundation of this body:

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

(ii) Universities/establishments will outline laws/guidelines/rules, by and large, explaining the layout of the projects to be offered through the separation mode showing the quantity of required credits, rundown of courses with doled out credits, perusing references notwithstanding self learning material, long periods of study, contact classes at study focuses, assignments, assessment and assessment process, evaluating and so on.

(iii) DEC of IGNOU will just evaluate the capability of college/foundation in regard of directing separation instruction programs by a group of specialists, whose report will be set 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 compulsory gatherings of DEC might be endorsed.

(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 an establishment/college through the separation mode, by National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

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

(vii) No college/foundation, aside from the colleges built up by or under an Act of Parliament/State Legislature before 1985, will offer any program through the separation mode, hereafter, without endorsement from DEC and accreditation by NBA. Be that as it may, the colleges/organizations 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 acquire new endorsement from DEC and accreditation from NBA inside one year, bombing which they will need to stop the program and the whole onus as for the scholarly vocation and budgetary misfortunes of the understudies selected with them, will be on such foundations/colleges.

(viii) considering perception of Apex Court, ex-post-facto endorsement allowed by any expert for separation training will not be regarded and conceded from this time forward. Nonetheless, the colleges set up by or under an Act of training programs in the surges of Humanities/Commerce/Social Sciences before the year 1991 will be prohibited from this approach.

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