Technical Education Cannot Be Provided By Correspondence: SC

| November 3 , 2017 , 16:03 IST

The distance education or correspondence mode of learning has immense popularity as students are able to work or pursue other courses while still getting a degree, however, in some fields, the lack of practical training may actually be more harmful than the worth of the degree.

The Supreme Court on Friday announced its verdict that technical education, such as engineering, cannot be provided through the distance education mode. Accordingly, the apex court has restrained educational institutions from offering courses in subjects such as engineering through correspondence.

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Currently, more than 80 institutes are offering full-fledged 4-year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) courses through distance education mode. Most specialisations available through regular courses are available in distance mode, including Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Information Technology.

The Supreme Court set aside a verdict by the Odisha High Court which had allowed  technical education via correspondence and affirmed the ruling made by the Punjab and Haryana High Courts 2 years ago when they ruled that a degree in 'computer science' obtained through distance mode could not considered on par with one attained by attending regular classes.

While correspondence method may be considered suitable for the study of theoretical fields such as literature, technical education involves a great deal of practical application which would be best taught by teachers in a regular classroom atmosphere.