Hotel management, Engg courses through distance learning not recognized



Professional Courses in Engineering & Technology through ODL mode


The erstwhile Distance Education Council (DEC) earlier, on receipt of direction from Ministry of Human Resource Development, wrote to all Institutions providing programmes through open and Distance learning mode to stop offering BE/ programme through Distance learning mode from the year 2009-10.

  1. AICTE in 2010 and 2011 also, notified its policy not to recognise  the  qualifications  acquired through distance education mode at Diploma, Bachelors & Master’s level in the field of Engineering and Technology including Architecture, Town  Planning, Pharmacy, Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Applied Arts & Crafts and Post Graduate  Diploma  in  Management  (PGDM).  AICTE thus recognizes only MBA and MCA programmes through distance mode, provided it had  the approval of Joint Committee of DEC & UGC and the recognition status was notified on AICTE web
  1. The University Grants Commission, after taking over the regulatory function of erstwhile DEC and as per mandate given to it by Ministry of Human Resource Development to  regulate  Open  and Distance Learning  in Universities and Affiliated Colleges has decided that:
    1. No University/Institution deemed to be university/Institution should offer Diploma,Bachelor s and Master’s level programme in Engineering and Technology other than MBA and MCA till the finalization of UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2014 or notification of relevant Regulations by an independent regulatory authority established  by Central to deal with ODL education in higher education system in the country, whichever  is earlier.
    2. UGC/AICTE will take action against those Universities! Institution Deemed to be Universities/Institutions which are conducting professional courses in Engineering and Technology in ODL mode (other than MBA and MCA).
  1. UGC has also decided not to consider any request for ex-post facto approval for ODL programmesoffered by any University/Institution  deemed to be University/Institution  at this

The above is for information of all concerned, including students and parents.



Updated: March 23, 2015 — 11:17 am