All distance learning degrees awarded with recognition from distance education Council (DEC) are valid degrees for applying and obtaining India government jobs, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) declared.
“The government issued a notification in 1995 stating that all qualifications awarded through distance education by the universities stand automatically recognised for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the central government, provided it has been approved by the distance education Council,” said IGNOU Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharran Pillai.
Pillai's comment has come at a time when thousands of degree certificates awarded by the University of Madras and other Tamil Nadu varsities through the distance education programme for over a decade have been declared invalid for government jobs.
Several vice chancellors of state open universities under the DEC were in Delhi to deliberate on distance education system in the country.
Pillai said the DEC has decided not to insist on territorial jurisdiction to be followed by institutions or varsities in offering programmes through distance and online modes.