In a recent development to the streamlining of college certificates, the University Grants Commission's (UGC) distance education bureau ordered that the degrees obtained through online examinations will no more be considered valid.
This comes after UGC observed that various institutions approved by the regulator are offering distance learning education and are violating rules by holding online examinations.
A circular written by the Commission to all open universities reads, ''These institutions had agreed to conditions such as "no online programme leading to award of degree/certification, until a policy is framed and approved by the UGC.'' Several students are studying various courses through open universities and institutes.
UGC does not support online examination
Since the online exam system does not have an organised methodology in place in order to keep it fool proof, UGC does not endorse it currently, it is learnt. "UGC has not laid down any standard parameters," the letter says, preventing universities from conducting online examinations.
IGNOU's support for online examination
However, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the country's pioneer institute in distance education, has extended its support for online examinations.
"Regulations for conducting programmes online should be considered on a priority basis. A lot has changed in the past many years and we need to embrace technology in education too," Vice Chancellor (in charge) Ravindra Kumar said.
"We can use our study centres where online exams can be conducted, which will bring in greater transparency too. UGC should come out with regulations for online exams soon. IGNOU has never conducted any online examination'', he added.