In what may come as a shock to some engineering students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently suspended engineering degrees awarded from four deemed universities. The UGC’s decision, which voids engineering degrees obtained through distance learning, comes after the Supreme Court ruled against the provision of technical education through correspondence courses.
Earlier, the apex court had prohibited all deemed to be universities from providing any distance learning courses for the academic year 2018-19. Now, degrees issued by the four universities, namely Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Allahabad Agricultural Institute (AAI), Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), Rajasthan and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, are suspended. So, if you’re hoping to apply for an engineering course, it’s best if you steer clear of these universities.
On the off-chance that you already have a degree from one of the above-mentioned universities, which now stands suspended, there is a way for you to regain its authenticity.
The Supreme Court has directed the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct an examination before January 15, 2018. Students with a suspended degree are required to clear the examination to have a valid degree. Each examinee will get a maximum of two attempts to clear the test, failing which, their degree would be nullified, including any employment benefits they enjoy.
Further details about the examination are expected to be released by the AICTE by next month.
In India, a degree in engineering is held in high regard. So much so, that nearly every other student opts for the four-year course. However, with so many students hoping to earn an engineering degree every year, some have no option other than to opt for universities that are not approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).