The UGC said it had made a recommendation to the Central Human Resource Development Department regarding dual degree.
Chennai High Court seeking recognition of 2 degrees obtained through distance education simultaneously in the same academic year has been vexed with the UGC for several years, the full bench comprising Justice V Bharathidasan, Justice M Dhandapani and Justice PT Asha held, most of the students obtain their second degree through distance education and students are not permitted to undergo a second-degree programme formally in the same academic year.”
“In such circumstances, unless simultaneous degrees obtained are recognized by the UGC with the prior approval of the central government, such degrees cannot be considered as recognized degrees as per Section 22 of the UGC Act,”
The case came up for hearing today in a three-judge bench. At the time, the UGC side was told that a dual degree in the same academic year was not recognized by the federal government. It also said it had made a recommendation to the Central Human Resource Development Department regarding allowing dual degree.
Following this, the judges ruled that obtaining two degrees in the same academic year could not be recognized until the federal government allowed it. The judges also said that distance educationists do not have proper training and experience.