Asia E University India Approved UGC
Asia E University India Approved UGC, A UGC notice was issued to the Malaysia-based Asia-e-University (AeU), stating that the institute is not recognized by them. The Asia-e-University has been running in India since 2009, offering several undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses through the distance education mode to more than 20,000 Indian students. The varsity’s Indian base of operations are in Madurai, with over 140 study centres across India. The university offers courses in 31 Asian countries.
The notice issued by the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of UGC states, “It is hereby informed to the public at large that Asia-e-University, Malaysia is not recognised by UGC for offering any program through distance education mode in India. The public and students are informed that any qualification awarded by this university will not be valid for appointments in central and state government jobs.”
Many are questioning why the notice has come nearly four years after AeU was set up. Deputy director of DEB prof Devkant Rao stated to the media “We have never given them approval. The notice is self-explanatory.”
The AeU website however claims approval from the Distance Education Council (DEC) in 2009 and the ‘Association of Commonwealth of Universities’. DEC, under the HRD ministry, was a regulatory body for distance education in India till December 2012 and was then dissolved. All regulatory functions now rest with the DEB.
The AeU authorities replied “Our paperwork is complete. The UGC has wrongly issued this notice. We have now sent them all our papers. They have assured us to issue a clarification”.
Dr R Parmeshwaran, the coordinator of the Mumbai learning centre in Goregaon stated “The UGC has made a mockery of higher education. The then HRD minister Kapil Sibal had visited Asia-e-University in Malaysia in 2009. The approval came from the top level after a meeting between prime ministers of both countries. What else we are supposed to do?”
Source and Credit: DNAIndia