In a move to bring in clarity and difference between distance learning and regular courses, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the varsities to mention the mode of learning in the certificates they issue to students.
The UGC in a circular to educational institutions has mentioned that universities offering education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode have issued the degrees, mark-sheets, diplomas, certificates etc to students without indicating the mode of delivery of the programme.
During a recent meeting held on September 2, the UGC decided that in order to remove ambiguity between the conventional mode degrees and ODL, the mode of teaching for a course should be printed in all the degrees and certificates that a college offers.
In view of the above, all the institutions/universities offering programmes through ODL mode are essentially required to mention "Mode of delivery ODL/Distance" on all the documents issued to students during or after the completion of programme, the UGC's circular added.
Why is it important to mention ODL in a certificate?
The value of a course is measured in terms of the learning and teaching modules offered. If the mode of delivery of the programme is not mentioned in the certificates issued to students, then, it would be hard to identify if the student had undergone a regular course or studied in correspondence.
What is UGC?
University Grants Commission is a body that is set up by the Union government in order to maintain the standard of education in colleges. It comes under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. It also grants recognition to Indian Universities and funds them.