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Distance Education Council, DEC

Set up in 1991, the Distance Education Council, DEC is an apex body which maintains, co-ordinates and promotes the standard in the open and distance learning education sytem in India. Those institutions and universities meet the standard requirements laid down by the Council are accredited by the DEC. A certificate of recognition is given to those institutes in accordance with its readiness to offer distance learning programs while accreditation refers to the standard achieved by the institute as per the quality indicators specified by DEC which assesses the programs offered and the working system of each institute. The aim behind the assessment is to identify performance achieved, compare different leves to develop healthy competition for the purpose of improvement. Upto now programs have been offered to about 2.5 million students amounting to 25% of higher education enrolment. What was familiar as correspondence course education in th 60s changed in the 70s to open and distant education to Virtual and Online education in the last ten years. There are above 140 Institutes of Distance Education.

DEC Approved Universities

The DEC has stated that all Universities and Institutes approved by it from 20090-2010 should mention clearly the programs for which approval has been granted by DEC. Application forms for approval of courses are available on the website of DEC. The National University that has DEC approval is Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Besides these thirteen State Open Universities that have received approval by Distance Education Council, DEC are YCMOU Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu Open University Chennai, Karnataka State Open University Mysore, M.P.Bhoj Open University Bhopal and others. Institutions that are deemed to Universities as per UGC Act, section 3, are also recognized under the Central Government of India in connection with employment to its posts and services, subject to approval by DEC (Distance Education Council) Indira Gandhi National Open University,.The Territorial Jurisdiction in case of Central Universities and the State Universities, will be in accordance with their Acts and statutes for offering distance mode courses.their Acts and Statutes for offering programmes through distance mode.

DEC Delhi

Under the Government of India, the apex body Distance Education Council is situated in Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi 110 068. The website of the Council provides information on Accreditation as well as Recognized Universities. Appliation forms for accreditation, details of lists of recognized universities and institutions as well as accredited courses of institutes and universities are furnished. All the rules, laws, amendments with regard to Jurisdiction are also mentioned under different sections on the website of Distance Education Council. Students can also download information regarding mba approved courses in institutes recognized by DEC. Besides this information regarding opportunities for distance education in engineering is also available on websites of various institutes under Open and Distance Learning.

Open and Distance Learning

Open and Distance Learning is under the jurisdiction of Distance Education Council set up under IGNOU Act 1985. In the recent decades open and distance mode of learning has developed and advanced rapidly. In India the number of universities offering distance education has risen from four to fourteen while dual mode universities In India distance education institutes have risen considerably due to the exceeding demand for higher education, in comparison with institutes offering full time courses, which account for 25% of India's students being enrolled in open and distance learning institutes. Students can avail of information from the journal of Open and distance learning as well as from the DEC website which offers features of Distance Education in India. Details about the Center for Open and Distance Learning is also furnished on websites apart from information on the Indian institute of open and distance learning.

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