The University grants commission has issued a notice against Annamalai University, Chennai stating that the university has violated the UGC regulations by conducting the ‘Open and Distance Learning’ (ODL) courses, without the due permission of the commission. As per the UGC guidelines, the university was only permitted to offer ODL programmes till the academic year 2014-2015. “No further recognition has been accorded to it to offer any programme through ODL mode,” the UGC stated.
The UGC put up a warning informing its stake holders and students that the ODL programmes offered by Annamalai University, Chennai were invalid and fake. “The university is solely responsible for the career consequences of the students, if any, arising out of the same,” the UGC notification stated. It also advised students against taking admission to any courses offered by the Annamalai University, Chennai in the in the ODL mode. “Taking admission in such programmes may jeopardise the career of the students, in view of the absence of the recognition of the programmes by the UGC,” the notification mentioned.
For ODL programmes, the UGC states “No higher educational institutions shall offer any open and distance learning programmes and/ or online programmes and admit learners thereto unless it has been granted recognition by the commission.”
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