AICTE approval not Necessary for IGNOU B.Tech Degrees/Diploma – As per the Directive of Supreme court of India, that reads B.Tech Degrees and Diploma courses offered through distance mode by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) does not require AICTE Approval. The directive reads it (IGNOU) no longer needs the AICTE’s approval for offering these programmes.
The decision was pronounced on 30th July by a Bench of Justices – Rohinton Fali Nariman and Indu Malhotra, in response to a petition filed by some twenty-one IGNOU degree and diploma holders..The petitioners were represented in Court by Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora and advocate D Abhinav Rao. The petitioners had argued that the technical degrees and diplomas awarded by IGNOU through open and distance mode are not only valid, but are equivalent to Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates awarded by many traditional universities or institutes approved by AICTE
The Court in its order passed on July 30 noted that a similar matter namely, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University vs. The Chairman and Managing Director, Transmission Corporation of Telangana Ltd. & Ors. (Civil Appeal Nos. 36973698/ 2018) was decided on April 10 this year.
In the said order, the Court had made it clear that given the fact that the appellant University, in that case, had been set up by a State Statute, it is enough that AICTE norms should be followed while granting the B.Tech Degree/Diploma and AICTE approval is not necessary for the same.
The Court held that it will follow the same order in the present case too. AICTE norms will be adhered to strictly by the institution in question but AICTE approval for the said course is not necessary, it held.
In November last year, the Supreme Court had restrained Deemed to be Universities from carrying on any courses in distance education mode from the Academic Session 2018- 2019 onwards unless specific permissions are granted by the concerned statutory/regulatory authorities for the same.
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