On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled against the provision of technical education by institutes through distance learning programs. The SC ruling was in harmony with a 2015 verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court wherein, the court stated that a degree obtained in computer science through a correspondence course cannot be considered equal to those obtained through regular attendance of classes.
In doing so, the Supreme Court differed from the Odisha high court verdict, which permitted the procurement of a technical degree through distance learning, a TOI report stated.
The move by the apex court will severely impact the lives of students, especially those who cannot afford to move to an educational institution of their liking for a technical course, like engineering. So, if you are hoping to get a technical degree, you might want to save up on the hostel fee too.
While there is no denying that a hands-on experience is important to grasp the technicalities of such courses and would improve the quality of education, the move is undoubtedly going to be a major inconvenience for students who take up distance learning every year.
The SC verdict has invited a mixed response from people. Here is how Twitter reacted to the recent development:
Good decision. These correspondence education is really a joke to make money for university and institutions
— Jishnu (@jishnu0605) November 3, 2017
Good judgement. Technical education through correspondence courses will ruin the real meaning of it. Organizations are exploiting it
— Siddhartha (@smukhOfficial) November 3, 2017
SC says No to technical education & engineering courses through correspondence.
Excellent decision. It was a scam..
— Anurag saxena (@saaxenanurag) November 3, 2017
Ban on tech edu via correspondence, by Supreme Court order puts a much required check on the unscrupulous Edu#trade. https://t.co/VVqrMWG4IM
— Ramesh Chandra (@amoli09) November 3, 2017
Always wondered how these could b offered through correspondence, other than severely downgrading&mocking it fully!! https://t.co/tW0p7xgDLH
— RUPAM NATH (@rupamnathin) November 3, 2017
There goes the future …
— Sunil Desai (@sunilddesai) November 3, 2017
NOT GOOD Decision by SC
‘No technical education via correspondence courses,’ rules Supreme Court https://t.co/XgTAxCmRNr
— (@NaMo_Bhakthi) November 3, 2017
What is this rule. I can easily learn to code online. Why can’t I be eligible to get technical education through correspondence? SC lost it https://t.co/FU7YGLuMwW
— Srinivas Kodali (@digitaldutta) November 3, 2017
What do you think? Is the SC verdict good for the students or is it just going to be a disturbance? Tell us in the comments below.