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Distance Education and Technical Degree.

The (not so) Supreme court ruled out technical courses through distance education. I fail to understand the logic (becoming rarer in recent supreme court decisions), if there is any. The only piece of supporting information is that the court feels "it will not the same as person attending college". Going through other media/news articles, other things being discussed are seats in the Engineering colleges are going vacant, the quality of the Distance Learning is not enforceable and stipulation of distance education be conducted after proper approvals.

Distance Education?
I am not sure what Supreme Court classifies as Distance Education. Is it the IGNOU model where course material is sent via Post or it encompasses all where students are physically not in campus, to include online courses (moving beyond postal services). I am assuming the 2nd definition.

Knowledge and degree have no correlation. Going to college does not guarantee knowledge. The application of the knowledge is a much far fetched.

Most of the engineers working in the IT industry are not computer science engineers. In fact there are many who are not even engineers but are coding, programming; and doing a fantastic job at it. The primary thing one needs is the "Thirst for knowledge" followed by the effort and will to learn, and practice.

Many students these days enrol in the colleges to just get a degree, and a job handed on a platter. Many do not attend classes. A lot of colleges, treat education as business, enrol more and more students. They spend lot more efforts in marketing than building a good faculty and curriculum. No surprises, many of these institutes are under-subscribed and many shut down every year, as newer institutes open every year (to follow similar fate). The ones that are good, will always have thousands of applicants fight for a few hundred seats. The vacant seats in the factory like education institutes will remain so distance learning or not.

Except for the top institutes, quality in the thousands of institutes is nowhere close to acceptable. If they cannot attract enough talent, it is unlikely that they can enrol enough enough students for online courses (assuming, they manage to develop online and distance education curriculum).

The clause on taking prior approval for distance learning courses, will in all probability be a bureaucratic hurdle. Anybody into technology aware of current hot topics like IoT, AI, BigData and Analytics, knows, to keep updated; a constant reading is must. Technology and tools keep changing constantly. Will the bureaucratic setup be able to keep pace? If history is any indicator, looking at the pace at which education councils and governing boards have changed curriculum, this seems highly unlikely.

Global Scene
The best of the colleges in the world like Stanford, Harvard and organizations like Microsoft, google and numerous others offer online courses for various technical courses and certifications. With the enhancement in technology and the increased possibilities, if we are forced to live in the stone age by the judiciary, we should complain if our knowledge and skills become obsolete and graduated become increasingly unemployable.


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