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Distance Education Council

Distance Education Council
Maiden Garhi, New Delhi

Recognition Of Degrees/Diplomas/Certificate For Employment Recognition Of Distance Education Institutions

Distance education council DEC constituted under the Indira Gandhi national Open University act 1985 with the object inter alia of determination of standards for distance education in the country has prescribed relevant guidelines it is mandatory for all institutions to obtain approval of the DEC before commencing any programme course for degree diploma certificate through distance.

DEC has learnt that a number of institutions are offering programes through distance mode without approval or recognition by the DEC in a few cases deemed to be universities and state universities institutions have sought franchise to third parties and or beyond the territory of the state in which the parent institutions is located this does not have sanctions of DEC all the institutions have been asked to refrain from such offerings vide a letter dated may 13,2003 jointly signed by the chairman UGC, AICTE and DEC

It has to come to the notice of the DEC that many universities institutions are giving misleading advertisement in newspaper dailies stating the recognition of their degrees/diplomas/certificates by UGC or other regulatory bodies. This is to inform all that approval of DEC is mandatory for all the qualifications/degrees awarded through distance education by the universities as per Government of India Gazette Notification education are referred to the Distance Education Council by UGC. Therefore, the parents/students are cautioned that before they enroll for distance education in any Institution, they must be satisfied that the Institution has sanction for granting degrees/ diplomas/certificate for the course in question and that the in question has specific approval of DEC.

A list of approved institutions with their programmes are placed on website at or Further inquiries may be addressed to Director, Distance Education Council, DEC Building, IGNOU Campus, Maiden Garhi, New Delhi-110 068

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