HYDERABAD: The state government has decided to constitute a three-member expert committee, which will look into the allegations of huge mass copying at various distance education units of the universities.
According to sources, following many allegations of mass copying and violations of the UGC guidelines while running the institutions were levelled against these distance education units, the APSCHE was keen about the constitution of an expert panel, which would look into these issues.
There were allegations of huge mass copying during the annual examinations of the distance education courses especially the varsities in other states but has distance learning centres in Andhra Pradesh. They also allegedly giving away the certificates.
The committee will look into the issue and also study the adherence of UGC guidelines at the distance education centres and give recommendations to increase the education standard, sources said.
Some of the universities are also admitting students who have not passed the Intermediate examination to the under graduate courses, by conducting entrance examinations. The panel will also study wether the UGC norms are followed during the process. The APSCHE is of the opinion that the universities are not maintaining standards in the entrance examination.
The varsities are allegedly opening distance learning centres at the degree colleges set up two or three years back, leading to malfunctioning.
The APSCHE sources said many varsities have not been revising their study materials in the last 20 years and the quality of the materials are very poor.
The APSCHE is also concerned about the distance education units offering technical degrees in bio-technology, microbiology and engineering courses are not conducting practical classes. The committee will also examine the issue.