The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has started the process of registration for a test of those engineering students degree which the University Grants Commission (UGC) had suspended.
These students will now get afresh chance of validating their degrees by writing a test. The registration by AICTE and UGC began on Sunday to enroll candidates from deemed-to-be-universities from 2001-05 and were awarded degrees/ diplomas in engineering through distance mode.
The deadline for registration of the test has been kept till January 15. As per the officials, their degrees will remain suspended till they clear it while adding that the entrance shall be conducted in May or June.
“All the degrees of the students remain suspended. The last date for registration is January 15 and students need to register online. A written as well as practical examination will be conducted for the students,” reads the public notice issued by AICTE.
The following four institutes have been conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the UGC or AICTE:
- JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan,
- Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE)
- Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI), and
- Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF)
Last month, the apex court had cancelled the engineering degrees awarded through distance learning by the deemed universities to students admitted after 2005 while suspending those awarded between the year 2001-05.
The universities have been directed by the court to return the tuition fee and other expenditure incurred by the students.
The Supreme Court had also restrained “all deemed-to-be universities to carry on any courses in distance education mode from the academic session 2018-2019 onwards unless and until it is permissible to conduct such courses in distance education mode and specific permissions are granted by the concerned statutory/regulatory authorities in respect of each of those courses and unless the off-campus centres/study centres are individually inspected and found adequate by the concerned statutory authorities”.
As per the mandate of AICTE, the engineering degrees cannot be offered through distance education mode.