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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
24-August-2012 17:05 IST
Guidelines for Running Franchisee Study Centre of Universities

University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified the UGC (the minimum standards of instructions for the grant of the first degree through non-formal/distance education in the faculties of Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Music, Social Sciences, Commerce and Sciences) Regulations 1985, dealing with non-formal and distance education in universities. The UGC Regulations are available at The Distance Education Council (DEC) is the regulatory body for course run in the distance mode. As per information furnished by DEC, the territorial jurisdiction for programmes in distance mode for Central Universities , is as per their Acts and Statues, for State Universities (both Govt. funded & private), it is also as per their Acts and Statutes but not beyond the boundaries of their respective states, for Deemed to be universities, it is as per notification of Government of India and for private institutions (other than Universities), it is confined to headquarters. In case such institutions desire to offer programmes beyond its headquarters, it would be required to establish a new institutions as per norms. However, online education cannot be limited by territorial jurisdiction. DEC has issued detailed guidelines for regulating the establishment and operation of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions in India, 2006 and the same are available at

According to information furnished by DEC, it considers recognition only to universities/institutions awarding qualifications through distance mode. It does not recognize study centres of universities/institutions. Study centres are opened by universities/institutions as per provisions of their Act and Statutes within the territorial jurisdiction defined by DEC. The DEC guidelines also prescribe the procedure for inspection of study centres by the parent institutions and closing down the centres found unfit. DEC prohibits franchising of study centres by universities/institutions.

According to information furnished by DEC, it regularly issues notifications requesting all universities/institutions to follow the norms of DEC and other apex bodies on territorial jurisdiction, opening of study centres and non-franchising of study centres for offering programmes through distance mode. UGC too has issued instructions banning degrees awarded through any franchisee programmes operated by private institutions.

This information was given by Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. D. Purandeswari in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.