SC bans distance mode for technical education, suspend degrees obtained between 2001 and 2005 from four universities

The Supreme Court suspended all engineering degrees obtained between 2001 and 2005 through di­stance courses from four un­iversities.  

Published: 04th November 2017 01:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2017 08:52 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

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...”

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