Consulate General of India
23 August, 2017
It has come to the notice of the Consulate by way of a news item that an Indian State University has been offering Degrees/Diplomas through Open and Distance Learning mode (Correspondence Courses) in the UAE through its study centres.
In this regard, it is clarified that as per the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi from time to time, no state/ state private university in any state of India can operate beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the state where the university is located.
Students and parents are requested to verify the approval of any such study centres offering Degrees of Indian University thorough ODL mode, from the website of the UGC.
Relevant Public Notice issued by the UGC is reproduced below:
UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
BAHADUR SHAII ZAFAR MARG
NEW DELHI. 11OOO2
PUBLIC NOTICE – EXAMINATION CENTRES FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME
19th July, 2016
It has come to the notice of the UGC that some Institutions / Universities / Institutions Deemed to be Universities are conducting examinations for their Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes outside the State of their location or beyond their territorial jurisdiction, which is wholly illegal. The Policy of the UGC with regard to territorial jurisdiction and off-campuses/ study centres has been clearly articulated in its Public Notice dated 27.06.2013, which is also available on the UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in .
All the Institutions are hereby directed to follow the UGC policy on ODL norms and territorial jurisdiction which are applicable for all academic activities including setting up of examination centres for distance education.
The students and parents are requested to ascertain the territorial jurisdiction of the institution before seeking admission in the same and refrain from studying in these institutions which violate the norms of the University Grants Commission.
JOINT SECRETARY (DEB}, UGC
Other relevant public notices/ guidelines regarding distance education are available on the following link: http://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/notices.html