UGC takes over Distance Education Council
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken over the Distance Education Council (DEC).

In pursuance of the directions issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India dated 29.12.2012, the regulatory functions with regard to Distance Education programmes in higher education have now been vested with the University Grants Commission. The Distance Education Council which was the erstwhile regulator of Distance Education programmes, has been dissolved and all regulatory functions are being undertaken by the UGC. The UGC is in the process of framing new Regulations for Distance Education. It has, however, been decided that till such time the new Regulations of the UGC are notified, the guidelines of the erstwhile DEC with regard to recognition of ODL institutions shall be implemented for the purposes of grant of permission to institutions for Distance Education programmes.

The takeover under an administrative order is violation of the Indira Gandhi National Open University Act, 1985. DEC had come into existence as an authority of IGNOU under Section 16 of the Act. However, on May 4, IGNOU through a notification repealed and deleted the statute that provisioned for the DEC. IGNOU's action was in the wake of the HRD ministry's decision late last year entrusting UGC to become regulator for higher education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. Instead, of recognition from DEC, now UGC's nod is needed.

DEC's assets and liabilities, regular manpower and official records would be transferred to the UGC on as is where is basis in order to "ensure smooth transition and carrying on of uninterrupted functioning of the regulation of the ODL programmes/recognition process in the country." Entire regular manpower of the DEC as on May 4, 2013, except temporary, contractual and ad hoc, has been taken over by the UGC on "deemed deputation" basis. UGC –Distance Education Board (DEB) website: http://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/
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