NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that technical education cannot be pursued through correspondence and suspended all engineering degrees obtained between 2001 and 2005 through distance courses from four universities.
The order will have impact on hundreds of students who have pursued their education through correspondence course from four deemed Universities — JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (Rajasthan), Allahabad Agricultural Institute and Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation (Tamil Nadu) and their degrees from 2001 onwards have been quashed by the apex court.
A bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit, however, allowed students of 2001-05 batch to get their degrees by appearing in the examination to be conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). However, the court cancelled the degrees of students of subsequent batches as the deemed university had not got approval from authorities for the course.
The 118-page ruling penned by Justice Lalit stated, “The entire amount paid by such students to the concerned universities towards tuition fees and other shall be returned...”