Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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New Delhi, March 5: The authorities is planning to put up an independent regulating organic structure for distance education, including online lectures, that mightiness pave the manner for top institutes to offer desired courses of study beyond the classroom.

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) don’t offering their most sought-after courses of study online or through video-conferencing for fearfulness of dilution in pupil quality.

Replying to a inquiry in Parliament yesterday, human resource development curate Arjun Singh said a proposal to put up an independent regulator for distance instruction was at “an advanced phase of consideration”.

The regulating organic structure would also maintain checks on the quality of unverified courses of study offered by universities and colleges across India, beginnings in the ministry said.

“The regulator will work as the University Grants Committee of distance education,” a senior functionary said. The UGC modulates all universities in India.

The IITs and IIMs have got been demanding that the authorities framework a chemical mechanism that would guarantee minimal criteria are maintained through online testing, similar to the mode in which the GRE and GMAT are conducted.

Although they make offering respective long-distance courses, mostly for working professionals, the IITs give their celebrated undergraduate technology grades only to the choice few who clear a strict entranceway exam.

The IIMs offering mid-career courses of study of study for executive directors via distance learning, but bounds their sought-after Post Alumnus Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses to those who clear the tough Common Admission Test.

Faculty in complaint of distance instruction programs at the IITs and the IIMs have, respective modern times in the past, said the institutes have got got the possible to offer top courses of study beyond the classroom.

“The only concern have always been the quality at the receiving end. If the authorities have decided to put up a regulator, it is great news,” said a senior mental faculty member workings with the distance instruction programme at IIM Calcutta.

When the authorities recently suggested that the IITs and IIMs rise their pupil consumption three-fold, the institutes had responded by asking the Centre to concentrate on distance education. Their infrastructure, they said, was too stretched to physically suit more than students. But they were unfastened to reaching out to more than pupils through the Internet or video-conferencing.

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