UGC prohibits distance education programmes in hotel management, real estate

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited distance education programmes in Hotel Management and Real Estate. “In accordance with communication received from various regulatory bodies, programmes in Hotel Management, Culinary Studies and valuation of Real Estate, will not be recognised from academic session 2019-20 and onwards,” a recent official order said. The order, however, said admissions taken in the recognised Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programme during the recognition period will be recognised till the completion of the programme even if the university does not have recognition for further years…

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Education 2.0: Over-regulation is choking online learning potential

Online learning will ‘mass-ify’ higher ed, which is what a -trn economy needs.But, 35 Universities applied for a licence for online courses, and none has received it By Manish Sabharwal & Shantanu Rooj on a recent US investor roadshow, a portfolio manager at one of India’s largest foreign investors asked us, “How do you get something done in India after everybody important in the government agrees with you?” His rhetorical question is relevant; the gap between India’s performance and potential is not a lie, but a disappointment. For example, most…

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Can’t go the distance on education if online choked

If the government is serious about increasing the capacity of India’s education system to meet the country’s needs, it simply has to free up education-delivery At a value of $5.5 bn, homegrown ed-tech firm Byju’s is probably among the most valuable in this space globally, and is a symbol of how quickly Indians are taking to online coaching; the fact that global universities have enrolled around one million Indians annually, using platforms like Coursera or EdX, symbolises the same trend. That, of course, is hardly surprising given the changing nature…

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Warangal: School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education students take part in Haritha Haram drive

Warangal: The School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE), Kakatiya University (KU), campus was abuzz with a large number of students on Monday. The students enthusiastically took part in the Haritha Haram programme, a flagship programme of the State government to increase the forest cover in the State to 33 per cent. Leading them was SDLCE Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna. The onus is on everyone to conserve the environment, Prof Veeranna said. He emphasised on citizen science and said that citizen science is a powerful tool for environmental management.…

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Warangal: School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education students take part in Haritha Haram drive

Warangal: The School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE), Kakatiya University (KU), campus was abuzz with a large number of students on Monday. The students enthusiastically took part in the Haritha Haram programme, a flagship programme of the State government to increase the forest cover in the State to 33 per cent. Leading them was SDLCE Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna. The onus is on everyone to conserve the environment, Prof Veeranna said. He emphasised on citizen science and said that citizen science is a powerful tool for environmental management.…

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Distance education admission deadline may be extended

Mumbai: Students aspiring to pursue further studies or seeking admission to the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), Mumbai University (MU), may have additional time to do so, as the institute is likely to extend the deadline beyond September 20, sources said. The initial deadline was August 31 but the admission process is expected to continue. A senior IDOL official told The Free Press Journal, “We may extend the deadline further as there are a large number of students seeking admission.” The fast and furious monsoon is largely to…

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Distance education mess

Recently Professor NR Madhava Menon, the founding Vice Chancellor (VC) of my alma mater, the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata and one of the founders of the national law university (NLU) project, passed away. Few remember that Professor Menon was also the author of modern regulations governing open and distance learning (ODL) in India. Tragically, this legacy is being tarnished at NUJS, which has been a persistent violator of ODL regulations of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) since 2008. The regulatory…

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jobs, education top priority for first-time voters

Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo) Excited about finally being able to cast her franchise, and in turn, be part of the process of choosing the country’s next Prime Minister, 19-year-old Meghna said she voted in favour of development and better employment opportunities in the future. Not being able to contain her enthusiasm, she said she landed up at her polling booth, a government school in Sohna, at 7am. “I wanted to be the…

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