‘No technical education via correspondence courses,’ rules Supreme Court

The apex court restrained educational institutions from providing courses in subjects like engineering, in the distance education mode.
In ruling against distance education in these courses, the top court affirmed the findings of the Punjab and Haryana high court on the issue. And in doing that, the SC set aside a verdict by the Odisha high court, which allowed technical education by correspondence.
Two years ago, the Punjab and Haryana high court ruled that a degree in ‘computer science’ obtained through distance mode could not considered on par with one attained by attending regular classes.Building our future: first step starts with Education


Our life is like a ladder, where each step signifies a different phase in life which we have to conquer. There are no short cuts to a holistic and fulfilling career and future. Like everything else, we need a thorough preparation, before we prepare to take on the challenge of career.

There is no doubt that education is that goblet of fortune and prosperity that not only shapes up who we are but helps us in reaching milestones. We cannot therefore take this issue lightly, especially with the onslaught of recent debates where education isn’t only just our right. It plays a crucial role in the development of human resources but its decreasing health shows how far behind we are in terms of progress. Education is still limited to a few people, while many receive substandard education. Schools, colleges and specialized institutions are backward in terms of instruments, infrastructure and most importantly teachers.

Good marks no more means good intellect, as proven by the CBSE results of class 12th in Bihar. It not only is a big slap to our education institution but also shows the hollowness of a student’s life where the concern is more on marks and rankings than on learning and engaging with concepts. Only a counted number of schools and colleges provide a comprehensive study which focuses not only on academics, but human morals and qualities like courage, leadership, responsibility etc, and also on practical field knowledge.

The belief that private institutions provide better education than public institutions is a myth since many of them take five times the fee of a public school and proportionally provide a meager education. They are more of a capitalistic venture where focus ultimately remains on earning the maximum profits, through fee hikes or donations.

Why are there only a few education institutions in India that are on par with the current needs of society? Where has the government and private education institutes failed? There are an exceeding number of reasons for this problem, but each one can be easily rectified if there is a proper collaboration between the government, both at the central and state level with the private investors.

There is also one major problem with today’s education scheme and that is the lack of well informed and outstanding teachers. Teachers have the major job of molding the students into competent individuals who can actively take part in society. Yet, most of the schools and colleges have teachers below the requirement level while many teachers are phony with minimum qualifications and no content. The teachers of government school are in much worse conditions due to no proper management or checking and the unnecessary duties thrust on them (like surveys etc.) that derails them from their duties to their students.

This is the main reason why the central government recently passed a law that no teachers can be engaged in government work other than election duties, decennial census, and disaster management. Teachers need to be held accountable for the children’s education yet they also need to be supported with proper schemes that improve their field of education. A qualitative and regular analysis and checking of teachers to ensure that they are giving sound education to students is demand of the time.

At the same time work needs to be done on the infrastructure, curriculum and inclusive structure of educational institutes without any biases. Technology is a beneficial investment that only expands the field of knowledge of students but connects them to a wide variety of resources.

Some important government innovations are:

  • E- Library- the quality content of central universities and other premier institutions would be digitally available and easily accessible.
  • UDAAN- enables disadvantaged girls to transit from school to post-school professional education especially in science and Mathematics.
  • Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan- aims at nurturing spirit of inquiry and creativity, love for science and Mathematics and effective use of technology amongst students.

‘National Institutional Ranking Framework’-  Proposed by the HRD ministry will help in ranking all national educational institutes on the basis of several parameters and will help the students in making a informed choice for their higher education as well as create a standardization that will compel institutes to improve themselves.

These schemes can only work if education is made equitable, qualitative and interactive.  An environment needs to be built where both the students as well as teachers can take active part in meaningful teaching- learning experiences.

We have a plethora of good laws but the time calls for their proper implementation now.


Maanvi Agarwal