DEC - Distance Education Council

Distance Education Council (DEC) - Consistent with the duty of the University to take all such steps as it may deem fit for the promotion of the Open University and distance education systems in the educational pattern of the country and for the coordination and determination of standards of teaching, evaluation & research in such systems; and in pursuance of the objects of the University to encourage greater flexibility, diversity, accessibility, mobility and innovation in education at the University level by making full use of the latest scientific knowledge and new educational technology, and to further cooperation between the existing Universities; it is considered necessary and expedient to establish a Distance Education Council as an authority of the University under Section 16 of the Act.

List of All DEC Approved Universities India 2014
List of DEC Expired Universities India 2014
Open University vs Distance Education

“It shall be the duty of the University to take all such steps as it may deem fit for the promotion of the open university and distance education systems and for the determination of standards of teaching, evaluation and research in such systems, and for the purpose of performing this function, the University shall have such powers, including the power to allocate and disburse grants as may be specified by the Statutes”.

There shall be a Distance Education Council (DEC) which shall be responsible for the promotion and coordination of the open university and distance education system, and for the determination of its standards.

ODL System
State Open Universities (SOU)
S.No University / Institute Name Level of Approval Period of Approval Whether ex-post facto approval given if Yes, period of approval / Continuation of Recognition
From To
Chairman, DEC Joint Committee UGC/DEC/AICTE
National Open University
1 Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi Since Inception Till Date
State Open University
1 Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
2 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
3 Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, Karnataka Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
4 Krishanakant Handique State Open University, Guwahati, Assam Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
5 M.P.Bhoj(Open) University, Bhopal, MP Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
6 Nalanda Open University, Patna, Bihar Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013 from 1997 to Aug 07
7 Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, WB Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
8 Pt. Sunderlal Sharma (Open) University, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
9 Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
10 U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad, UP Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
11 Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Uttarakhand Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
12 Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota, Rajasthan Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
13 Yashwantrao Chavan Maharshtra Open University, Nasik, Maharashtra Yes 31/08/2007 7/4/2013
Dual Mode Universities
Institute Details
Distance Learning
Fee Structure: 
0 - 2 lacs
Kind of courses: 
Under Graduation
Post Graduation
Available Courses: 
Hotel Management
How to reach
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068
Other Details
Last Qualification Percentage: 
50 - 60 %
1. Faculty The distance education institutions require two types of faculty; one – full-time faculty and two – part-time faculty. The full-time faculty is of two types, again (i) full-time core faculty on a permanent basis to maintain and coordinate the essential functions (ii) full-time contractual staff for job-specific requirements. Part-time faculty may be used for development and delivery of instructional materials, and other related academic activities. 2. Self-Instructional Material Self-instructional material is different than Text-Books. High quality SIM is essential. As far as possible SIM must be supported by A/V material. 3. Physical Facilities and Equipment An institution should have requisite infrastructure facilities at a) headquarters and b) support service centers. 4. Library Every distance education institution should have a well equipped library at headquarters with good collections of books, journals/periodicals, audio, video tapes and other electronic media learning materials to serve the need of staff and learners. 5. Computer Facilities In view of the large number of learners per programme, the institutions should plan computerisation and use of technology from the beginning. The number of computers required may vary from institution to institution depending upon the activities undertaken. 6. Access to ICT networks for Programme Delivery.
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