Students better check credentials of distance education providers

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 08:24 hrs

New Delhi: Students desirous of pursuing higher education in the distance mode are advised to check the current status of approval or recognition of programmes of universities and institutions on the Distance Education Council's (DEC's) website.

The authorities of DEC, a statutory body of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announced that in the absence of DEC approval, qualifications acquired through distance mode shall not be treated as recognized for the purpose of employment under the central government.

This action was taken by the council on noticing that certain universities and institutions were placing misleading advertisements in newspapers and other media for admission in programmes through the distance mode, indicating that they have the approval of the DEC for various programmes.

"Students are also advised not to take admission at any franchised study centre/contact point. The study centre has to be operated by the university or institution itself within its territorial jurisdiction as per DEC norms only, said the DEC in the statement.

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