AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education) Guidelines, 2021

 AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education) Guidelines, 2021

ALL INDIA COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION 

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 7th April, 2021

All India Council for Technical Education
F. No. AICTE/P&AP/ODL-ONLINE/2021.—In exercise of the powers conferred by and in discharge of its functions and duties under sub-section (1) of section 23 read with section 10(b) (g) (i) (j) (m) (n) and (o) of AICTE Act, 1987, the AICTE hereby makes the following guidelines further to amend the AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education) Guidelines, 2021, namely:-

1. a) These guidelines may be called the AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education)

Guidelines - Amendment - 2021

b) These shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the All India Council for Technical Education (Open and Distance Learning Education and Online Education) Guidelines, 2021 published on 1st March, 2021, the following amendments have been incorporated in existing Part – II of the guidelines as given in the table below.

Existing clause

Amended Clause

Point 3:

(a) Institutions having NAAC score of 3.26 and above on a scale of 4 or NBA Score of 700 on a scale of 1000 or having rank in Top-100 in University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework, at least twice in three preceding cycles (at the time of application), shall be permitted to start full-fledged ODL courses and / or Online courses without prior approval of the AICTE only in the NBA accredited programmes, provided it satisfies all the conditions mentioned in these regulations:

(a) Institutions having NAAC score of 3.26 and above on a scale of 4 or NBA Score of 700 on a scale of 1000 or having rank in Top-100 in University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework, at least twice in three preceding cycles (at the time of application), shall be permitted to start full-fledged ODL courses and / or Online courses in the field of Management and allied areas, Computer Applications, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Logistics and Travel & Tourism without prior approval of the AICTE, provided it satisfies all the conditions mentioned in these guidelines.

However, these institutions are required to submit all relevant data regarding faculty, students and affidavit on AICTE portal annually by registering on it.

Point 3:

(b) Any Institution, may apply for offering programmes through the ODL mode and / or Online mode, which fulfils the following conditions, namely:-

shall be in existence for at least five years; and

(i) shall be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with minimum score of 3.01 on a 4-point scale;

or

(ii) NBA accreditation with at least 650 points on a scale of 1,000

or

(iii) shall be in the top-100 in the University category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework for at least twice in last three preceding cycles (at the time of application).

Provided further, Institution has to acquire NBA Accreditation with a minimum score of 650 points on a scale of 1000 in next 2-years from the date of initial approval.

(b) Any other Institution which fulfils the following conditions may apply for offering programmes through the ODL mode and / or Online mode.

shall be in existence for minimum five years with at least two batches passed out; and

(i) shall be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with minimum score of 3.01 on a 4-point scale;

or

(ii) NBA accreditation with at least 650 points on a scale of 1,000

or

(iii) shall be in the top-100 in the University category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework for at least once in last two preceding cycles (at the time of application).

Provided further, Institution has to acquire NAAC score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale or NBA Accreditation with a minimum score of 700 points on a scale of 1000 in next 2-years from the date of initial approval.

Moreover, these institutions are required to submit all relevant data regarding faculty, students and affidavit on AICTE portal annually by registering on it.

Point 3:

(c) Open Universities may run ODL / Online programmes only in the courses permitted by AICTE from time to time, provided they meet all the requirements of these guidelines.

However, these institutions are required to submit all relevant data regarding faculty, students and affidavit on AICTE portal annually by registering on it.

Point 7:

Intake: The approval of intake is maximum of three times of the sanctioned intake of specific programme in conventional / regular mode.

The ―Approved Intake‖ for ODL / Online Programmes / Courses shall be as per the UGC (Open and Distance Learning mode and Online Learning Mode) regulations dated 4th September 2020 and as amended from time to time.


Prof. RAJIVE KUMAR,
Member Secy. [ADVT.-III/4/Exty./38/2021-22]

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