India: AICTE Notifies Guidelines for Online and Open and Distance Learning

By - 22 March 2021


22 March 2021

The All India Council for Technical Education ("AICTE") has published the AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education) Guidelines, 2021,1 ("Guidelines") paving the way for certain technical education courses to be offered online. The Guidelines are significant since they seek to regulate the offering of online and open and distance learning programmes ("Online and ODL") in technical education.

The University Grants Commission ("UGC") had published the revised regulations for offering Online and ODL programmes in 20202 ("UGC Online and ODL Regulations") under which courses governed by statutory bodies could be offered in Online and ODL mode only after approval of such statutory body.

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