Nagpur News: Students who want to complete Bachelor in Technology (BTech) and Master in Technology (MTech) through distance education can now be happy because All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given permission for it recently. In the academic year 2013-14, these courses will also be a part of distance education. The schedule for the courses is to be prepared in the month of March.
According to an authority in education in the city, “Till three years ago, BTech was a course provided by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Yashwantraw Chawhan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU). A large number of students were- and still are- interested in this course, but it had to be discontinued becauseAICTE didn’t give permission for it. After this permission, the course will be started again. The announcement to make these courses available through distance education was made by AICTE chairman S. S. Mantha. If a student has had to discontinue their education in degree and diploma for any reason, they can continue and complete it via distance education. However, courses which need a practical lab should be completed in college.
Dr. P. Shivswarup, IGNOU Regional Director, said, “The B.Tech course had been running from the year 1994 to 2010, but without AICTE permission. We have full material related to the course, so we don’t have any problem in starting the course again.”
Subhash Belsare, YCMOU Regional Director, said, “Candidates who are already working in industries want to do this course. These students can’t be part of a regular course. If this course is started, such students will benefit from it.”