AICTE May Introduce Engineering Through Distance Learning

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AICTE May Introduce Engineering Through Distance Learning On the similar lines as MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to introduce undergraduate in engineering (BE / BTech) through correspondence.

HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju while disclosing this on Friday said, “AICTE would soon allow more technical courses including engineering through correspondence.” Raju also said that a new accreditation body for technical education, Indian Board of Accreditation (IBA), will also be constituted soon. Raju had a meeting with AICTE Chairman S S Mantha and other officials in the capital on Friday.

S S Mantha said that based on recommendations of several committees, the council has decided to allow more technical courses through correspondence. However, “there will be strict conditions of eligibility,” he said.

Mantha said, “Nearly all courses except medicine and architecture would be allowed through correspondence.” He, however, added that the final decision in this regard would be taken later. The proposal is likely to be finalized by February next year.

Mantha added that an entrance test would be organised for graduate level courses, while Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores might be considered for entrance to post-graduate courses. He also made it clear that correspondence courses would be available only for those who have already done a diploma course, or some other regular technical course, and have some work experience.

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