MHRD Accepts UGC Justice Reddy Committee recommendations on ODL Courses

Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses – In a significant development in the University Grants Commission, the stakeholders were informed about the actions/decisions/information based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses, according to Distance Education Bureau notification.

As per a directive of the Supreme Court, the Union of India (MHRD) was directed to constitute a three members Committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level to examine the issues indicated in the orders and also to suggest a roadmap for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues. Accordingly, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee on the above subject. The report of the Committee (Justice Reddy Committee), as well as its recommendations, has been accepted by the Government fully, noted the report.

Approved Recommendations

  • The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at ugc.ac.in/deb
  • No course, other than the one that finds a place in the list referred to above, would be recognised and a candidate who studies unrecognised courses cannot claim any benefit.
  • Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC
  • Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same will entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.
  • The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 apply to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017
  • It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.

As per the Distance Education Bureau, a Bureau of UGC, “In pursuance of the directions issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India dated 29.12.2012, the regulatory functions about Distance Education programs in higher education have now been vested with the University Grants Commission. The Distance Education Council which was the erstwhile regulator of Distance Education programmes has been dissolved, and all regulatory functions are being undertaken by the UGC.

The UGC is in the process of framing new Regulations for Distance Education. It has, however, been decided that till such time the new Regulations of the UGC are notified, the guidelines of the erstwhile DEC about recognition of ODL institutions shall be implemented for grant of permission to institutions for Distance Education programs.”

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