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News - "Technical education will no more be provided through correspondence" : Supreme Court

Technical education courses will now no more be provided through correspondence courses as the SC (Supreme Court) has ruled out the same today. The apex court restrained educational institutions from providing courses in subjects like engineering in the distance education mode, setting aside Odisha High Court order.

According to The Tribune, the verdict, likely to affect hundreds of distance education centres which have been offering technical courses through correspondence and distance learning, settles the legal position and gives clarity to thousands of students who often opt for such courses for a variety of reasons.

Supreme Court also hailed the decision of Punjab and Haryana Court that had issued a similar order against the distance education in the technical courses 2 years ago. The Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled out a degree in computer science through a distance education. In their order, they told it will not be same as the person who is attending the regular college.

The Bench, which also included Justice UU Lalit, affirmed the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and set aside a verdict by the Odisha High Court, which had allowed technical education via correspondence.

Distance education or distance learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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