Annamalai University Distance Learning Courses Invalid, UGC Asks Students not to Take Admission

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Annamalai University’s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes are not approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the commission said in its latest notice. The Tamil Nadu-based university has been offering these courses “in gross violations of all conditions laid down under UGC” rules and regulations, the Commission said.

In an official notice dated March 25, UGC said that the “ODL programmes offered by the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu without prior approval of UGC are invalid and the University is solely responsible for the career consequences of the students, if any, arising out of the same.”

“No Higher Educational Institutions shall offer any Open and Distance Learning programmes and/or Online Programme and admit learners thereto unless it has been granted recognition by the Commission,” the notice added.

The distance education courses at Annamalai University was recognised till the academic year 2014-15. No further recognition has been accorded to the varsity to offer any courses through its ODL, the UGC said.