The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has announced that the B.Tech degrees and Diploma in engineering courses awarded by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) till the 2011-12 academic session will be considered valid. IGNOU used to offer different B.Tech programs, and engineering diploma courses through distance mode. But as University Grants Commissions (UGC) declared these courses as a violation of rules and stated that technical courses could not be offered in distance mode, IGNOU was compelled to discontinue those.
But the scenario changed when an order released by the technical education regulator's Policy and Academic Planning Bureau said, "In 2018, the Supreme Court acknowledged the validity of IGNOU's Diploma and B.Tech degrees to candidates who were enrolled until the 2009-10 academic year."
It claimed that the apex court has now granted some relief to petitioners from the academic sessions of 2010-11 and 2011-12 and considered that because after these years, there is no distance education course in IGNOU in the said subjects, and these are the last batches to be granted the relief.
"The AICTE has no objection to IGNOU's BTech degree and Diploma in Engineering awarded to students who were enrolled with IGNOU up to the academic year 2011-12 in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment and are therefore treated as valid as a special case but cannot be taken as a precedent and not for post-2012," added the AICTE.
By Abhra Roy