UGC approval was made obligatory for all Open and Distance Learning mode programs from 2018-19. Till then, universities had been providing B Ed programs with National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) approval.
“TNOU admitted students to the B Ed course following NCTE approval and appealed for UGC approval for the two-year degree programme. But UGC has said students were admitted without its approval and based on its direction, we are cancelling BEd admission for 2018-19 batch,” TNOU registrar Ok Rathnakumar stated in a letter to college students. Admissions had been given with the clause that they had been topic to the UGC recognition,” he added.
Though the college spent cash on research materials and conducting contact lessons, the syndicate has determined to refund the cash collected from candidates who must submit their title, B Ed registration quantity, checking account quantity and different particulars.
Due to streamlining of ODL programs, UCC approval was made obligatory for all programs from 2018-19. “We made many attempts to get UGC approval for the BEd degree. But, we could not get it as the appellate authority meets once in a year. Now, due to the pandemic, the UGC has decided not to entertain applications for recognition or approval of UG and PG courses for 2020-21. If we offer a degree without UGC’s approval, our students will not be eligible for government jobs. We don’t want our students to suffer,” stated TNOU vice-chancellor Ok Parthasarathy.