New Delhi, The University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Friday announced that online PhD courses offered by ‘edtech’ companies in collaboration with foreign educational institutions are not valid. UGC and AICTI have issued such warning for the second time this year for the students. Earlier this year, the UGC and AICTE cautioned their affiliated universities and institutes against offering distance learning and online courses in collaboration with ed-tech companies, saying as per norms, no ‘franchisee’ agreement is acceptable .
According to a joint statement issued by UGC and AICTI, “In order to maintain the standards for award of PhD degree, the UGC has notified the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil, PhD Degree) Regulations, 2016.” It is mandatory for all Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to comply with the regulation issued by the UGC and its amendments for grant of PhD degree.
UGC gave advice to students
The statement said that students and general public are advised to take online courses provided by edtech companies in collaboration with foreign educational institutions. PHD Do not be deceived by the advertisements of the programmes. According to the order, “Such online PhD programs are not recognized by the UGC. Interested students and general public are requested to verify the authenticity of PhD programs as per UGC regulation 2016 before taking admission.
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Earlier in July, the government had cautioned edtech companies against unfair trade practices. The government is also working on formulating a policy to regulate edtech companies operating in the country. The proposed policy aims to curb monopolies and protect students from exploitation by edtech forums that make lucrative promises or unfair practices.
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 28, 2022, 18:38 IST