Distance Edu Courses Under UGC Scanner - The New Indian Express

Distance Edu Courses Under UGC Scanner

Published: 06th January 2014 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 05th January 2014 08:45 PM

In the aftermath of dissolution of Distance Education Council, University Grants Commission (UGC) has now come up with a draft regulation to control distance education courses offered by higher education institutions (HEI) in the country. The draft report of UGC committee, headed by NR Madhava Menon, has said that UGC will recognise HEI to offer Open and Distance Learning programmes in specified areas of study for five years. During the period of recognition, commission has the right to inspect and review the functioning of any institution.

iit-m prof suspended for harassing student

A senior professor of IIT-Madras, Chennai, has been suspended and evicted from his official quarters on the campus following a proven charge of sexual harassment of a young research scholar on a trip abroad. It is learnt that the suspension order was delivered to him on December 23 in the presence of his HoD. Sources said the incident happened more than two months ago, when the professor asked the research scholar to accompany him on an academic visit to Germany and allegedly conducted himself in an inappropriate manner there. Upon returning, the victim filed a formal complaint with the institution. She also supposedly approached National Commission for Women seeking action on her complaint.

anna university to review affiliated engineering colleges

Anna University, Chennai, is planning to commence the process of granting extension of approval for the existing engineering colleges from the first week of January. As far as the new engineering colleges are concerned, the university plans to start the work by the end of January. After the Supreme Court ruled that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) no longer has power to control the technical institutions in the country, UGC came up with a draft regulation, which gives the university the power to control the technical institutions under its control. Following this, the university sent circulars to over 600 private engineering colleges which are under the control of the university, asking them to apply for the extension of approval for the academic year 2014-15.

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