Shock for students of these 4 universities; UGC suspends engineering degrees given by them through distance mode

By: | Updated: November 25, 2017 9:52 PM

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has suspended engineering degrees awarded by four deemed to be universities through distance mode. See the list here.

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It’s a setback for students of these four deemed to be universities! The University Grants Commission (UGC) has suspended engineering degrees awarded by four deemed to be universities through distance mode. The move by the UGC comes following an order by the Supreme Court earlier this month which had restrained universities across the country from continuing any distance learning courses from the 2018-19 without prior approval of the regulatory authorities and ordered a CBI probe into granting of retrospective approvals to four of them.

These 4 universities are:-

1- JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth

2- Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), Rajasthan

3- Allahabad Agricultural Institute (AAI)

4- Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu.

Why UGC suspended their engineering degrees?

“AICTE Regulations, do apply to deemed to be universities and the four varsities were not justified in introducing any new courses in Technical Education without the approval of AICTE. Consequent to this..all the degrees in Engineering awarded by concerned deemed to be universities stand suspended,” UGC Secretary PK Thakur said.

The top court had directed the AICTE to hold tests for the students whose degrees would stand suspended by January 15, 2018, and said these students should not be given more than two chances to clear the examination.

University Grants Commission 

UGC is the apex body of higher education responsible for coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of universities in the country.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all varsities to celebrate November 26 as “Sanvidhan Divas” to commemorate the adoption of the country’s Constitution. From reading out the Preamble in morning assemblies to organising lectures on fundamental duties, the varsities across the country have been asked to conduct a series of activities in the run up to the day. “Activities like reading out the Preamble to the Constitution during a morning assembly, reading out the fundamental duties, one lecture in every educational institution on the importance of fundamental duties and putting up information on fundamental duties on notice board of colleges (should be carried out),” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors.

“You are requested to kindly ensure that these activities are undertaken in your university and in the colleges affiliated with your esteemed university,” it added.

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