AICTE (Open and Distance Learning Education)

Guidelines for Institutions- Deemed to be Universities, 2019

Recognition of Institutions offering programmes in Open and Distance
Learning (ODL) mode in Management and allied areas, Computer Applications and Travel & Tourism: –

Every Institution offering a programme in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode in Management and allied areas, Computer Applications and Travel & Tourism in pursuance of an approval granted to it till the year 2017-18 for the purpose by the University Grants Commission (UGC) or having NBA accreditation with at least 700 points on a scale of 1,000 or equivalent and intending to offer a programme in ODL mode from the academic session immediately after the notification of these Guidelines shall, for grant of recognition, make an application to the AICTE in such form and manner as notified by the AICTE on fulfilment of the following conditions, namely:-
• The Institution is already offering similar programme with the approval of the AICTE in the conventional mode of classroom teaching and has completed five years of existence or from where at least two batches have passed out;
• However, NBA accreditation for the regular programmes in which programmes through ODL mode are to be offered is necessary;
• The application is accompanied by evidence of having prepared the self learning materials required for the programmes of study, duly approved by the statutory bodies of the Institutions empowered to decide on academic matters;
Academic and Infrastructural Requirements
The following positions for full-time and dedicated basis, shall be necessary excluding the designated positions in the regular full time programmes: –

  1. Staffing Norms at Headquarters:
    1.1. Head for each discipline at Professor level.
    1.2. Academic staff strength per discipline or specialization or programme.
    Minimum three faculty members are required as per the following:
    Associate Professor: 1
    Assistant Professor: 2
    In addition, faculty on contract, part-time etc. should be available for creating learning
    material, question paper-setting and evaluation.
    1.3. Administrative staff strength at the Institution (up to 10,000 students):
    Deputy Registrar : 1
    Assistant Registrar : 1
    Section Officer : 1
    Assistants : 3
    Computer Operator : 2
    Multi-Tasking Staff : 2
    In case the enrolment is higher than 10,000, the Institution shall increase the number
    of positions appropriately.
    Teacher: Non-Teaching Staff (NTS) ratio — 1: 2 shall be maintained.

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