Government to Bring in 40% Classroom Time for Technical Distance Learning Courses

Published By : 27 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Government of India is planning on bringing in actual classroom time to all the distance education learning program. The government intends to dedicate about 40% of the program time to classroom learning for technical subjects. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the regulator for technical education in India stated that it has sent its draft for the same to ministry of human resources development for the seeking approval. The government believes that complete distance-based learning for technical programs will lead no poor quality of education and eventually result in lack of skilled labor for the burgeoning industry. 

Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman at AICTE stated that the regulator is planning just about 40% weightage to actual learning time in the classroom, which will include practical component as well. Since 2009, the government has stopped validating distance learning for B-Tech and M-Tech course. However, the government lifted the ban in September and allowed the students with certification through distance education to apply for government jobs. This exception was made for students whose courses were recognized by University Grants Commission. Fortunately, this move turned out to be in favor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, which is a central university that offers such courses.

Despite lifting the ban, the government has not clarified the kind of universities or institutes that can offer distance technical education. This decision has been left for UGC and AICTE. Hitherto, AICTE has held its reservation for approving pharmacy, M-Tech, B-Tech, hotel management, and architecture courses as distance learning courses, as it firmly believes that such a teaching method would dilute the quality of education. 

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