Distance education bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) recently observed that various institutes, which are approved by the UGC are not only offering distance learning education but are also offering the option of online examination. After finding this, the regulator made it clear that degrees obtained by means of online examination will not be considered valid as regulator's rules don’t allow such tests to be conducted in the first place.
According to the reports, a letter was written by the commission to all the open universities which said "These institutions had agreed to conditions such as "no online program leading to award of degree/certification, until a policy is framed and approved by the UGC." Currently there are thousands of students who are studying in the open universities of India.
No approval for online examination by the UGC
UGC never approved the online examinations due to the fat that these exams involve group of complexities such as secure systems, reliable network for connecting different exam centers and preparing question banks."UGC has laid no set parameters for open universities to conduct such examinations," said letter, barring the universities from conducting any online exams in the future.
IGNOU in favor of online exams
IGNOU University, India's pioneer university in the distance education said, it is now time to move towards the online examinations.
"Regulations for conducting programs online should be considered on a priority basis. A lot has changed in the past many years and we need to embrace technology in education too," Vice Chancellor (in charge) Ravindra Kumar said.
"We can use our study centers where online exams can be conducted, which will bring in greater transparency too. UGC should come out with regulations for online exams soon. IGNOU has never conducted any online examination'', he added.