IGNOU cannot recognize regular colleges: Delhi HC

IGNOU cannot recognize regular colleges: Delhi HC. Hence please DON’T BELIEVE any Institution/College which claims to have the recognition from IGNOU.

 

In an important verdict, the Delhi High Court today ruled that Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has no “legal authority” either to set up or accord recognition to an institution or college to impart “face-to-face” regular education.

 IGNOU had no legal authority to set up or recognise institutions/colleges on the lines of regular colleges where education is imparted by way of face-to-face programmes, requiring students to mandatorily attend classes, the petitioners' institutes cannot be said to be institutions, constituent colleges, units or affiliated colleges of IGNOU, nor can they be said the 'study centres' within the meaning of the IGNOU Act.The Lawsuit:

IGNOU, set up in 1985 to promote distance education in the country, was taken to court by various institutions, including Hindustan Aviation Academy, which were first allowed by the University to run B Tech and Diploma programme courses in the area of Aerospace Engineering. However, IGNOU later noticed that its approval to run “face-to-face” programme did not not meet legal requirements and asked the approved institutes to keep the admission process at hold. The IGNOU’s order of abeyance also emanated from the fact that the Institutions had not taken necessary prior approval from AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) for running such courses.

The Delhi high Court in a significant judgement today , set aside the petitions of the institutions.

This is what Justice V K Jain said in his judgement,

“(since) IGNOU had no legal authority to set up or recognise institutions/colleges on the lines of regular colleges where education is imparted by way of face-to-face programmes, requiring students to mandatorily attend classes, the petitioners’ institutes cannot be said to be institutions, constituent colleges, units or affiliated colleges of IGNOU, nor can they be said the ‘study centres’ within the meaning of the IGNOU Act.”

The honorable HC also reprimanded IGNOU for not informing students about its decision to suspend admission for academic years 2012-13.

Conclusion:

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) cannot run regular courses. In addition, IGNOU cannot recognize regular colleges to run its courses in regular classes manner. Hence please DON’T BELIEVE any Institution/College which claims to have the recognition from IGNOU.

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