Recognition of Distance Education Institution & their Programmes (IGNOU)
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Recognition of Distance Education Institution & their Programmes (IGNOU)

In this context it is notified that ir; exercise of powers conferred by Clause 4(a) of Statutes 28 read with Section 16 and Section 4 and 5 of IGNOU Act 1985 (No. 50 of 1985), passed by the Parliament, the Distance Education Council (DEC) has prescribed the guidelines for determination of standards for the Distance Education systems in the country. It is therefore, necessary for all Centres / Institutions / Directorates imparting education through distance mode to get their Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates (Programmes) recognized and approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC). The Dept of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt, of India notified vide the Notification No. 44 dated 01-03-1995 published on Saturday, April 8th, 1995 in the Gazette of India that: ..."on the recommendation of the Board of Assessment for Educational Qualification, the Government of India has decided that all the qualifications awarded through Distance Education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government, provided it has been approved by Distance Education Council, Indira Gandhi National Open University, NewDelhi-110068...." In view of the aforesaid directive of the Government of India, it is mandatory for all the Centres/ Institutions/ Directorates offering programmes through distance mode to apply to the DEC and obtain prior approval before starting a new Centre/Institution/Directorate or Programme. In case an institution is already running distance education programmes it must apply to the Distance Education Council for recognition of the institution and programme-wise approval.

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