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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a warning notice to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and EdTech companies that are offering online and open distance learning (ODL) programmes under franchise arrangements.
It has been observed by the commission that some EdTech companies are claiming to offer open and distance learning (ODL) and online programmes in association with UGC recognised institutions and universities without permission.
“It has come to the notice of UGC recently that some EdTech companies are giving advertisements in newspaper / social media / television etc. that they are offering degree and diploma programmes in ODL/Online modes in association with some universities/institutions recognized/entitled by the UGC. Such a franchisee arrangement is not permissible and action will be taken against defaulting EdTech companies as well as HEIs under applicable laws/rules/regulations,” the UGC said.
“Higher Educational Institutions (HEls) are recognized/declared entitled by the UGC for offering ODL and/or Online programmes as per the UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 and its amendment,” it added.
As per the regulations, the Higher Education Institutes can’t offer these programmes under the name of UGC. The students enrolling for a UGC recognized course in any institute or university must cross-check on the website of UGC on deb.ugc.ac.in.