Questions & Answers :
Frequently Asked Questions on M.A/M.Sc/M.Com & other programmes under ODL mode as per UGC-DEB regulations :
Q-1) What is the eligibility criteria for Central Govt. jobs on the basis of degrees obtained through distance mode?
A-1) MHRD vide Gazette Notification No.6-1/2013 dated 10.06.2015 (published in Gazette on dated 25.07.2015) has notified that- all the degrees/diplomas/certificates including technical education degrees/diplomas awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government, provided they have been approved by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. The above notification is displayed on MHRD website at the following link: http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/Notification100620 15.pdf.
Q-2) Whether the degree acquired through distance mode is equivalent to the degree acquired through regular mode?
A-2) The Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates awarded for programmes conducted by the ODL institutions, recognized by the erstwhile DEC/UGC, in conformity with UGC Notification on specification of Degrees should be treated as equivalent to the corresponding awards of the Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate of the traditional Universities/ Institutions in the country. UGC vide its letter dated 14.10.2013 has clarified the above matter to all Higher Educational Institutions. The letter is uploaded on UGC website and can be accessed at the following link: https://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/notices/ODLEquivalenceDegrees.pdf
Q-3) What are rules and regulations governing distance education offered by the Institutions?
A-3) UGC has notified UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 in the Gazette on 23/06/2017 and first amendment on 11/10/2017. The same can be accessed on UGC website at http://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/notices. html
Frequently Asked Questions on B.Ed (ODL) Programme as per NCTE (Recognition Norms & Procedure ) Regulations, 2014
Q-4) Whether the teachers who have passed D.EL.Ed./D.Ed. either through face-to-face or ODL mode eligible for admission in B.Ed (ODL) programme ?
A-4) The in-service teachers who have passed D.EL.Ed./D.Ed. programme face-to-face mode are eligible for admission in B.Ed (ODL) programme.
Q-5) What is the meaning of ‘in-service elementary teacher’?
A-5) As per FAQs given on www.ncte-india.org/ncte_new/pdf/faq_odl.pdf, An In-service teacher means who is employed as a teacher in elementary school or elementary stage of education. Trained teacher means a person who has completed a NCTE Recognized teacher education programme through face-to-face mode.
Q-6) Is in-service a compulsory condition?
A-6) For candidates fall under category (ii) of eligibility ‘b’, in-service is not a compulsory condition, i.e. the candidates who have completed a NCTE recognized teacher education programme through face-to-face mode.
Q-7) What are the NCTE recognized face-to-face teacher education programmes?
A-7) As per list available on http://ncte-india.org/ncte_new/?page_id=910, 15 programmes are NCTE recognized teacher education programmes, out of which following are face-toface programmes:
1. Diploma in early childhood education programme leading to Diploma in Preschool
2. Elementary teacher education programme leading to Diploma in Elementary
3. Bachelor of elementary teacher education programme leading to Bachelor of
Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) degree.
4. Bachelor of education programme leading to Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree.
5. Master of education programme leading to Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.
6. Diploma in physical education programme leading to Diploma in Physical Education
7. Bachelor of physical education programme leading to Bachelor of Physical Education
8. Master of physical education programme leading to Master of Physical Education
9. Diploma in arts education (Visual Arts) programme leading to Diploma in Arts
Education (Visual Arts)
10. Diploma in arts education (Performing Arts) programme leading to Diploma in Arts
Eduction (Performing Arts)
11. 4-year integrated programme leading to B.A.B.Ed./B.Sc.B.Ed. degree.
12. Bachelor of education programme (Part Time) leading to Bachelor of Education
13. B.Ed. M.Ed (3 years integrated) programme leading to B.Ed. M.Ed (Integrated)
Apart from these, the programmes with older nomenclature like D.Ed., or any other but dully recognized by NCTE as face-to-face teacher education programmes may also be considered for admission in B.Ed. (ODL).
Q-8) Is employment certificate mandatory?
A-8) It is not mandatory if a candidate is not applying as in-service elementary teacher.
However, for in-service teachers, employment certificate from recognized schools will
Q-9) Are the course like DPE (from IGNOU) fall under category of eligibility for B.ED. (ODL)?
A-9) All the course including IGNOU DPE, which are not recognized as face-to-face teacher education programme by NCTE, will not be considered as eligibility for admission in B.Ed. (ODL) as per NCTE Norms and Standards, 2014.
Q-10) What is the minimum duration of experience for an in-service teacher?
A-10) There is no specified minimum duration of service. An in-service trained teacher means a teacher working presently in recognized school after completing a NCTE recognized face-to-face teacher education programme.