Staff Selection Commission (SSC), a government recruitment body has refused to recognise the degrees from Distance learning programmes run by Delhi University (DU).
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The memorandum sent by SSC says: “If the universities offering Distance Learning Mode of Education are not recognized by the Distance Education Council (DEC), the degrees issued by it are not valid. Graduation is essential qualification for the above noted examination.”
This has left several DU distance education students in lurch, regarding the validity of their graduation degree and eligibility for various jobs.
This is story of a friend, Deepak Sharma, a student of SOL under Delhi University, in his own words:
Life never seemed more satisfying till I realized that I was selected as Inspecter, Central Excise. Our celebrations were though short-lived. We were informed that all students who had graduated from School of Open Learning (SOL) under Delhi University needed to get their Degrees affiliated from Distance Education Council (DEC), which runs under IGNOU.
I, along with my friends, approached the Director of SOL, but his response was tepid. We also approached DEC, but they proved to be hardliners. Staff Selection Comission (SSC) through which we got selected in Central Excise turned a deaf ear to our problems.
Disappointed and harassed from all sides, we decided to move to court. SOL under DU is saying that we have been running our correspondence programme since 1962 and DEC came into existence in 1995. Furthermore, DU is capable of working out all the modalities to run a distance education programme.
DEC for its part says that it was founded with prime motive of regulating all distance education courses run by Universities across the country. DU is no exception while DU says it should be given a special treatment keeping in mind its reputation.
SSC has dismissed whole issue as an ego tussle between two institutes. Rightly so.
We are fed up with the litany by both DU and DEC that how their institute is superior to the other. All our hopes are now directed to the judicial system, the Honour’ble Court.
We request you to join our cause by creating awareness about the issue. This is not only a matter of job for few, but it also bears impact on livelihoods of approximate 3 lakh students who graduate from DU distance learning program every year.
Read this newstory to learn more about the issue. As it happens, this is only news story that was available on the subject. Delhi High Court, where this case will be heard is closed for summer recess at the moment. It will reopen in July. Deepak intends to create a buzz about the issue by the time Court reopens.
P.S: It is interesting to note that while the fate of SOL students still hangs in court, SOL continues to hold admissions for distance learning programmes for its new session (2009-10) on its Web site home page. I am sure, with lack of awareness, more people continue to enroll in the same un-recognised courses.