The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to 12 stand-alone institutions to get themselves recognised either as a university or Deemed University to offer programme in Distance mode, if they wish to continue offering courses from 2018 academic session.
The apex higher education regulatory body has made amendments in the Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017 asking Stand-alone institutions offering Certificate, Diploma or PG Diploma to get themselves recognised as per the new regulations.
The 12 institutions that have been sent letter are All India Management Association (AIMA), Institute of Rail Technology (IRT), TECNIA Institute of Advanced Studies, IFIM Business School, Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning, MIT School of Distance Education, Indian Institute of Material Management, Welingkar Institute of management research & development, Asian School of Business Management, IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare and National Institute of Rural Development.
As per the letter sent to these institutions, the courses offered by stand-alone institutions in distance mode will remain valid till academic session 2017-18, thereafter they shall be free to get converted their stand-alone institution status to University or Deemed to be University in accordance with the ODL Regulations.
In June this year, the UGC issued new ODL Regulations under which only universities can offer distance education courses to students in India, it also clarified that no stand-alone institution will be able to offer any distance learning courses to students.
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