HC Stays On UGC Notice On Distance Education Learning In India

The Madras high court Bench here on thursday keep the operation of an announcement sent by University Grants Commission (UGC) in July this year directing  { MKU DDE }Madurai Kamaraj University here to prevent providing courses through distance education mode from the educational year 2016-17.

Justice V. Bharathidasan granted the interim stay a instrument petition filed by Registrar P. Vijayan who claimed that more than 1.2 100000 students pursuing varied courses through the directorate of Distance learning of the University would get affected if the whole mode of education was halted abruptly.

Earlier, the university counsel told the Justice D. Hariparanthaman (since retired) had on Dec last stayed the operation of an additional communication issued by UGC on August 12, 2015 prohibiting universities from establishing off-campus/study/outreach centers outside the territorial jurisdiction of their various State.

Then, MKU had contended that UGC had issued the notification on the idea of a 2005 Supreme Court judgment that had stricken down a Chhattisgarh legislation for establishing self-financed private universities and did not in any handle prescription of territorial jurisdiction for providing programs through distance education.

on the other hand, the official communication issued by UGC Secretary Jaspal S. Sandhu stated that universities established through laws passed by State legislatures weren’t entitled to line up off-campus/study/outreach centers any place outside their home State since the apex court had ruled that only Parliament was sceptered to enact laws for the whole country.

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