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addressed to the Vice Chancellors of all the universities has said, ‚ÄúDistance Education Council (DEC), has been repealed and deleted with immediate effect. Accordingly, DEC of IGNOU stands dissolved.‚ÄĚ
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,‚ÄĚ 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