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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 3, 2017

Shocker: Engineering degree secured via correspondence course is invalid - Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court of India on friday sent a major shocker to all those who obtained their engineering degrees via correspondence course. The bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit noted that these distance engineering education courses were not approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). These courses have been declared illegal. All those who got such degrees since 2001 now stand a risk of losing their job.

It's interesting to note that these engineering courses were being offered without without anyone objecting. This decision of the SC exposes the 'business' of education that ran smoothly for years.

The SC said that the UGC has failed in curbing the commercialisation of engineering education in India and has directed the government to review the deemed University status obtained by several instituitions.

Several deemed Universities like JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, IASE Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Instite have been offering engineering degree courses via correspondence since 2001 despite the AICTE disapproval.


The court has now put a stop on all the institutions offering correspondence courses without approval of the AICTE. CBI probe will now be initiated against the officials who allowed the courses to be run in these Universities.

The SC however has allowed the students who enrolled between 2001 and 2005 to revive their engineering degree by undergoing fresh examination by the AICTE. However, those students who enrolled for the courses after 2005 has no sympathy from the court.

While the degrees stand canceled, the monetary benefits derived by the candidate through employment on the basis of these degree shall not be recovered by the government departments and employers. The Universities will have to refund the money to the students, as per directions of the Supreme Court.

Let us know your opinion on this decision by the Supreme Court.

Source: SC: Engineering degrees secured since 2001 via correspondence invalid - Times of India
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 3, 2017
Personal Opinion:

While the SC has taken a step in the right direction, I hope some day they'll have the education offered in engineering colleges reviewed. It's a well known fact that most of the engineering colleges are being operated by politicians and their near and dear ones because it's a super-cool business!

How many colleges actually 'teach' engineering? If they actually do, why it's become *extremely difficult* for employers like us to find the right talent? We had been to a famous college for hiring interns and the students seemed totally clueless about technical things we talked about.

I personally believe, engineering colleges should now operate as 'labs' where qualified people can go and 'experiment' or do the practicals. The theory classes can very well be shifted to digital.

What say you?
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Nov 3, 2017
Kaustubh Katdare
All those who got such degrees since 2001 now stand a risk of losing their job.
😲 What?! This is scary. Was there any previous warning shared by the authorities? I'm guessing that people will openly condemn this decision.
I am literally shocked. What about those unfortunate students who took those courses to get a job? Many here atleast, doesn't know anything or search anything before they take up a correspondence course. It is there fault but somehow the mass is not educated enough or do not have enough sources at their hand to verify a degree's validity. Atleast the Govt. could have been a little considerate, given that unemployment already is a deep rooted sickness in India.
Engineering is a hands on activity. An engineering degree by correspondence is just shadow for substance.
Instead of elbow grease engineering education has become palm grease now.
A boy, who could not solve a simple quadratic equation in school came to me for tuition to pass SSLC. My wife and I managed to get him pass. We lost touch with him for many years. Met him accidentally one day. He told us that he was the professor of mathematics in an engineering college owned by a politician. ‘It’s a job’, he said. RIP his students.
Vikram S Bargah
Vikram S Bargah • Jan 9, 2018
Does the Supreme Course rule applies to other courses too such as PG Diploma courses opted through distance learning, or they are still valid??

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