UGC declares Periyar University’s distance education online programmes invalid

Harshith Gowda | Created | June 01, 2022, 20:31 IST

The Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes from Periyar University have now been declared invalid by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The ODL programmes of Periyar University were recognised by UGC from 2007 to 2015 and for 2019-20.

The recognition for the year 2021-22 has been taken away as the university has violated the rules.

The notice from UGC said that, “It has come to the notice of the Commission through various communications received in UGC office that Periyar University, Tamil Nadu is functioning without a full time director, inadequate full time faculty, inadequate non teaching staff, not yet established centre and running ODL programmes without prior approval of UGC in gross violation of conditions laid down under UGC (Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2077 , UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 and its amendments from time to time.”

UGC has decided that no application of Periyar University will be considered for the year 2022-23 to 2023-24, this happened as per the recommendations of the Complaint Redressal Committee (CRC). The 2021-22 application, offering ODL programmes, submitted by the varsity will not be processed.

“The complaints received/violations noticed details shall be forwarded to Honourable Governor and the Secretary (HE), State Government for fact finding and needful actions in the matter. Therefore, the general public, students and other stakeholders are cautioned through this public notice not to take admission in any programme offered by Periyar University, Tamil Nadu through ODL mode. Taking admission in such programmes may jeopardise the career of the students, in view of the absence of recognition of the programmes by the UGC,” the notice added.

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