Thursday, July 18, 2013

In India, why do colleges do not accept degrees obtained through distance learning?

In India, the Distance Education Council (DEC) of the Govt of India which works under the aegis of the IGNOU regulates the Distance Learning (DL) in India. If you visit their website you will see that almost all the state universities conduct some sort of DLP . All these universities have a recognition from a government body somewhere or the other-- either from a State Government , or the Central Govt. However, the DEC website will mention which all courses from which state universities have 'valid' recognition and which all are 'expired'. This concept of 'valid' and 'expired' has a thing to do with the business revenues of the DEC itself and the state universities too which are offering these DL program . There is a jurisdiction clash between them over why and how a State University can operate in another State without the local recognition, and thereof , the local assistance of the Police, Education, and District authorities? This assistance, any layman can understand, is essential for events such as conducting the examinations, preventing the use of unfair means in the examinations , etc. But, to obtain this assistance one has to pay taxes to the local authorities, which means revenue sharing. Many times, the DLP course of one state university does not even have sufficient strength of students to earn as much as what the taxation might turn out to be. The consequent Jurisdiction clash between the State Universities is resulting into failure to deliver, which thereof raises a valid case-point to not to give 'recognition' (=accept) to each other's Distance Leaning /Open University students. This is the cause why DLP are generally not being recognised for admission and for employment by various colleges and employers as well. However, each of the State Education Authorities understand and appreciate the social and technical necessities of why Distance Learning has a bright future as the world will progress towards more of rigorous 'specialization' in the coming era. The inter-disciplinary education will have to be given prominence so to connect specialised professionals of one discipline with the specialised professional  of another discipline.
As on today, the distance learning stands at a loss due to managerial and administrative disputes between the organisations.
Against the commonly held perception, this recognition of the DL degrees issue has nothing to do with the 'social status' of the students. It is neither the course-content or the course-ware problem.