Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has dissolved
Distance Education Council (DEC) with immediate effect and University Grants
Commission has been given the responsibility of Open and Distance Learning (ODL).
The DEC under Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
was the apex regulatory body for distance education offered by universities
across the country.
UGC Secretary in his letter addressed to the Vice
Chancellors of all the universities has said, “Distance Education Council (DEC),
has been repealed and deleted with immediate effect. Accordingly, DEC of IGNOU
Ministry of Human
Resource Development, government of India has entrusted all the regulatory responsibilities
of ODL education system in the country upon UGC. UGC, in the meantime is
working on development of appropriate regulations for maintaining standards in
ODL programmes,” the letter says.
UGC has also asked the universities not to affiliate any new
centre of ODL till it comes up with new regulations.
By IER Staff