New Delhi : The centrally-run Indira Gandhi National Open University and many other universities are planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek clarification on the engineering degrees they grant through the distance learning system.
The clarification is felt necessary because of a November 3 ruling by the Bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit scraping all engineering degrees awarded since 2005 through distance education by four deemed universities and suspending the engineering degrees awarded by these universities between 2001-2005. Two of the deemed universities were from Rajasthan and one each from Allahabad and Tamil Nadu.
Since the Court scraped the degrees declaring as void the government employment or promotion based on such degrees on the ground that the engineering courses cannot be run through distance education system, a large number of universities are worried that it may also affect lakhs of students whom they have awarded the degrees based on the distance education.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which has been empowered by the Court to hold two tests for those whose degrees awarded between 2001 and 2005 have been suspended, has added to the confusion with a public notice. The Court did not scrap their degrees since some officials of the UGC had granted post-facto recognition in 2007.