Online education experts warn that finding manpower and money to run the courses, ensuring quality and conducting exams will be challenging.
Despite the ministry allowing them to grant degrees to their students, IIMs have not yet arrived at a consensus on the matter.
Source: University World News
India-wide degree forgery scheme recently taken down by authorities.
Source: University World News
Students are entering Indian higher education are not adequately prepared or motivated to benefit from degree-level education.
Source: University World News
The Supreme Court of India has issued a restraint on all deemed universities preventing them from conducting distance or correspondence degree courses from 2018-19 without specific permission and inspection.
Source: Study International
Indian students were found to be the least impressed with the return on investment from their degrees obtained abroad.
Source: Times of India
The Lok Sabha passed a bill on Wednesday to enable Indian Institutes of Information Technology to award degrees.
Source: The Economic Times
The cost of each IIIT is Rs 128 crore and is contributed by the Centre, state government and the industry in the ratio of 50:35:15.
The Ministry of Human Resource & Development has initiated a digital degree project to control the fake degree racket.
Source: COU Report via Academica
The Council of Ontario Universities has released its latest University Works report. The report suggests that university graduates have the lowest unemployment rates, the highest employment rates, and the highest lifetime earnings compared to graduates of other PSE programs. 91% of university graduates reported being employed three years after graduation, and the median bachelor degree holder was earning 33% more than the median college graduate three years after graduation. The report also shows that, among all provinces, ON university graduates have the third-lowest average debt from government sources.
A majority of leaders hold degrees in the social sciences or the humanities, according to a new survey conducted by the British Council. The survey reports results from 1,709 leaders in 30 countries, defined as people in a “position of influence within their organization.” Fully 44% of respondents had training in the social sciences, with a further 11% in the humanities. The survey results also show that younger leaders, defined as those under 45, are more likely to have social science and humanities degrees.
British Columbia’s Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson has approved the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s application for exempt status for new undergraduate programs. The approval follows a thorough review by BC’s Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). For BCIT [CIEC Member], the approval represents full recognition of the quality of its degree programs, and means there will be a more efficient process for degree approval in the future. BCIT’s Acting VP Academic Bill Dow said, “we will take full advantage of this status and we will ensure that we add programs that will further our students’ knowledge and give them the tools to succeed in their desired careers long after they leave BCIT.”
The Financial Post has crunched the numbers to determine whether students would earn more by paying tuition for 4 years or by investing the same amount of money in a retirement fund. The study assumes that the average cost of a degree is $68,933; assuming a 5% return annually over 45 years, that amount would be worth $619,364 as an investment, and would offer students the chance to put in 4 years more time in the labour force. Based on an average income of $30,817 for a high school graduate, the hypothetical individual could, were they able to bank 100% of their after-tax earnings, make another $800,000 by investing their money at a 5% return, for a total of $1.4 M in 45 years’ time. That’s the same amount that the Council of Ontario Universities suggests a university graduate will make in excess of an individual with a high school diploma. However, this figure does not take into account increases in earnings due to inflation, which could lead to the university graduate earning an excess of closer to $2.1 M; wisely invested, that could make the value of a degree as much as $3.8 M greater than that of a high school diploma. A university graduate, the article says, is “more likely to be more financially independent during their working and retirement years,” and would have more options available to them.
Source: Times of India | March 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: India is set to get full-fledged membership status of the Washington Accord by June, enabling global recognition of Indian degrees and improving mobility of students and engineers.
Secretary higher education Ashok Thakur also said steps were being taken to set up National Accreditation Regulatory Authority (NARA), supplementing the country’s efforts to improve quality and meet international standards.
“After acquiring full status of the Washington Accord, employability of Indian engineers in other countries will go up substantially. This will help our students pursuing technical education,” Thakur told reporters here.
India is a provisional member of Washington Accord since 2007 and is confident to get the full-fledged status by June when a meeting of of the body is due to take place, he said.
The Accord signed in 1989 is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. So far, some 16 countries are signatories to it.
Thakur said two members were deputed by the Washington Accord to help India align its accreditation norms with the best international practices.
Talking about NARA, he said it will be an autonomous body comprising experts who will identify agencies for accrediting institutes. UGC will initiate steps to set up the body soon, he said.
At present, the accreditation is provided by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
Government has made accreditation mandatory for all educational institutes and UGC has come up with a set of guidelines in this respect.
He also said that IITs are free to decide if they wish to be accredited by these bodies as these premier institutes have so far refused to be accredited. IITs have instead decided to go for an internal accreditation process.
Thakur, however, sought increased involvement of the IITs with the NBA accrediting institutes.
TCS Insights: Attaining full membership under the Washington Accord will let Indian engineering students better pursue their studies or careers internationally. With programs officially being regarded as up to the level of those at other institutions around the world, Indian degree holders will become more in demand over the coming years.
Source: The Times of India via PwC – EdLive
Terminating the validity of degrees and diplomas in technical courses issued by various deemed universities and institutes to the students of the region through distance learning programmes, the Punjab and Haryana High Courts held that the issuance of such academic certificates is illegal. The candidates cannot be deemed to be qualified in the purported subjects in the absence of approval from the UGC.
The decision will primarily affect thousands of employees in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, who received promotions on the basis of such degrees and diplomas. The Division Bench, comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Rajiv Narain Raina, passed the judgment stating that the UGC and AICTE did not approve of this practice.