AICTE-approved distance learning Engineering Degree to be a reality soon!

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) currently recognizes distance learning MBA & distance learning MCA programs however an AICTE approved distance learning Engineering degree will soon be a reality as the technical education regulator has submitted a proposed regulation for the same to the ministry of HRD.
In one of our career articles on distance learning, we had highlighted the AICTE recognizes only MBA & MCA courses through distance learning mode & its their policy to not recognize any distance learning engineering programs or technical programs. Engineering programs conducted through distance learning mode were derecognized in 2013 due to the concerns over the quality of highly intricate & technical programs being taught & learn through distance education. Infact, the main reason for the withdrawal of these programs was the government-run Railways’ hesitation to hire candidates who have completed their engineering through distance learning method.
So, what actually paved the way for recognition of technical programs like distance learning B. E, B. Tech, M. Tech & others?
It’s the statement of the HRD ministry that came in September 2015 where they said that all the degrees awarded through distance learning mode shall be considered valid for employment in Central Government as long as the courses have been approved by the University Grants Commission. This will act a boon for several aspiring engineering students who couldn’t fulfill their dream of getting an engineering degree.
The AICTE chairman, Anil Sahasrabuddhe, mentioned that, in the draft regulation submitted to the ministry of HRD, AICTE has proposed 60:40 ratio in the theory & practical teaching. While the theory can be studied through the distance mode, the practicals will have to be attended by the students. Mr. Saharasbuddhe further mentioned that once they get an approval from MHRD, the distance learning engineering programs shall be given recognition from the upcoming session itself.
News Source: India Today
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