Performing on the complaints by customers and different universities in opposition to universities operating packages in distance training mode, outdoors their territorial jurisdiction in a franchising association, the UGC has de-affiliated Open and Distance Studying (ODL) programs supplied by Annamalai College and Periyar College just lately.
In keeping with an official assertion by UGC, the 2 universities positioned in Tamil Nadu are debarred from providing ODL mode of training, as the schools haven’t sought approval from the UGC. The fee additionally registered them for violation of provisions below the UGC ODL 2020 Laws.

Particulars of the debarring

The UGC Laws (2020), govern distance and on-line modes of training. No college can supply ODL and on-line program with out UGC approval. Rajnish Jain, UGC secretary, in interplay with Training Instances, says, “Annamalai College was acknowledged to supply packages below distance mode from 1995 to 2015, and granting admission past the stated period stands invalid.”
“Equally, Periyar College was acknowledged for the 2008-2015 and 2019-2020 periods. For the 2020 January educational session, below particular circumstances, purposes had been accepted for distance mode and never for on-line packages. Nonetheless, from 2020-2021 onwards, admissions at Periyar College had been allowed strictly in on-line mode,” provides Jain.
Mentioning the shortage of affidavit for compliance and different violations dedicated by the 2 universities, Jain additional provides, “UGC determined to debar each the schools to impart programs in on-line or distance mode. The general public notices issued by the Fee aimed toward creating consciousness amongst college students and cautioning them in opposition to taking admissions to unrecognized packages. Admission given by these two universities isn’t acknowledged by the UGC, and the negligence would possibly jeopardize careers of ODL college students enrolled right here.”

Actions in opposition to defaulters

UGC is ready to take punitive actions in opposition to defaulters as per its ODL provisions. Sharing extra particulars on the long run strict actions on case-to-case foundation, Jain says, “Within the case of Periyar College, the Fee additionally determined that the college’s utility for ODL mode shall not be thought of for the yr 2021-22 to 2023 -24. Whereas for on-line mode no admissions shall be allowed in two packages for one educational session starting September 2022 (revised from July-August 2022).”
Particulars of those violations have additionally been forwarded to the Governor’s workplace and Secretary, Greater Training of Tamil Nadu for needful actions within the matter. “The complaints are positioned earlier than the Complaints Redressal Committee (CRC) and the Distance Training Bureau (DEB) Working Group, together with the response of the college. The ultimate resolution within the matter is reserved for UGC.”
Urging cautions
College students should be vigilant and check with the information obtainable within the public area at UGC portal to know extra concerning the recognition of a college, suggests Jain. Advising college students to recurrently test the college’s web site to learn the obtainable approval letters, Jain additional provides, “Candidates should check with the year-wise recognition standing of universities, on the ‘Know your HEI’ tab of the DEB portal earlier than registering for the applying course of. It supplies correct and up to date data on the popularity standing of universities’ packages for distance and on-line modes. There’s another choice known as ‘Grievance Dealing with Mechanism’ to assist in on-line submission and well timed decision of scholars’ complaints by the involved college.”

The colleges react

In response to the controversy, Periyar College launched an official round, whereby vice chancellor R Jagannathan stated the gap training programs had been solely being supplied with UGC permission. Jagannathan additional added in 2021, UGC permitted the varsity to conduct seven programs on-line, and these had been the one programs supplied by way of distance training.
Final yr, based mostly on the analysis initiatives, syllabus, welfare measures, infrastructure, the college was granted A++ grade by the Nationwide Evaluation and Accreditation Council (NAAC), learn a notification on the college web site.
In keeping with stories, Annamalai College has moved the Madras Excessive Court docket difficult the UGC public discover dated March 25 and 30, 2022. Underneath this, the college is restrained from finishing up admissions in ODL and on-line mode. In keeping with a media report, the writ petition calls for the popularity of open and distance studying packages for the present educational yr 2022-23.

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