Distance Education Not Allowed In Hotel Management, Real Estate: UGC

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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited distance education programs in Hotel Management and Real Estate.

“In accordance with communication received from various regulatory bodies, programmes in Hotel Management, Culinary Studies, and valuation of Real Estate, will not be recognised from academic session 2019-20 and onwards,” a recent official order said.

The order, however, said admissions taken in the recognized Open and Distance Learning (ODL) program during the recognition period will be recognized till the completion of the programme even if the university does not have recognition for further years provided the program is offered in accordance with UGC norms and territorial jurisdictions.

The UGC had notified Open and Distance Learning Regulations in 2017, according to which professional programs such as medicine, engineering, and architecture, are not permitted to be offered in distance mode.

To protect the interest of the students already enrolled in the agriculture degree program, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) was requested for hand-holding such institutions.

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