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10k mid-career professionals affected by SC order on distance edu degrees

Jaipur: Panic prevailed among 10,000 professionals, mostly engineers who graduated through distance learning courses from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), a deemed university, and Jrn Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University in Udaipur, after the Apex court declared their degrees invalid after a decade on Friday.

Both the universities had awarded these degrees from 2001 to 2005. As per the SC order, affected students will be a given a final chance to appear in an exam to be held during May-June 2018 by AICTE.

Hanuman Singh, admission counsellor of IASE, informed that they had awarded degrees close to 4,000 students from across the country. “The university is aware of the court decision and will abide by the honourable court’s observations. We will form a cell to assist these students in the best possible manner and inform these students about the Apex court order,” said Singh.

S S Sarangdevot, VC of JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, refused to speak to TOI stating that he was busy.

A senior academic staff of the institution hinted that the management has been playing with the lives and careers of hundreds of students. “All their misdeeds will be exposed if a proper investigation is carried out,” said the staffer.

Sources said that the university had granted 6,000 technical degrees which have now been quashed by the court. TOI tracked some of the graduates affected by the court decision and found them to be in a complete state of shock. “I have honestly earned my degree. I have not cheated anyone. How can they expect us to appear for an exam after a decade? It will be hard for anyone of us to clear. How will you remember what you have learnt during the degree years,” asked a senior faculty member, who is ironically teaching at one of the affected universities.

Most of these graduates are mid-career professionals who are likely to file a review petition in the court.

The court has kept the exam optional and asked concerned universities to refund the fees in case any student is unwilling to appear for the exam. “If a student does not wish to appear for the test, the entire money deposited by such students towards tuition and other charges should be refunded by the concerned deemed-to-be university within a month. Students will be given time till January 15, 2018 to exercise such option,” read the order. The court rapped the universities by stating that “they entered into the area where they had no experience and started conducting courses through distance education system illegally”.

Source : timesofindia



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