DL in India

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Kizmet, May 15, 2014.

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    My take on this is that the entire system in India has been a mess for a long time. Lots of fraudulent degrees. Lots of phony testing centers. They have been trying to clean it up for years and maybe the situation has gotten sufficiently under control that they feel comfortable allowing some schools to take this step. I really don't know if any of that is the case but that's the feeling I've gotten after reading these stories for several years.
     
  7. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    Kizmet - you are right. Corruption at the university staff coupled with greediness of the so called "study centers" resulted in a complete lack of trust in the DL offerings.
    I am glad UGC is doing a reboot on the issue, but I am worried they are more about "control" than doing it right.

    On a different but related note - did I mention that Association of Indian Universities, the prime evaluator of foreign qualifications in India, WILL NOT evaluate foreign degrees that are 100% online. So no go for a Harvard extension degree.
     
  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    How much does that matter in the real world of employment?

    "Sorry, you earned that degree from Harvard online, so we won't hire you."
     
  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I think he mean they won't evaluate your degree if you're trying to get into an Indian grad school (for example).
     
  10. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    Government employment?
     
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Judging by the number of articles on highly-placed people with absolutely BOGUS degrees in the Indian Government - I don't think a DL degree from Harvard (or any lesser-but-legit well-known school) would (or should) even raise and eyebrow.
    Probably, it's something like UK-NARIC's refusal to evaluate US Nationally-Accredited degrees in the UK. Universities and employers are still free to make up their own minds - and they frequently accept such degrees for further study or employment, if they feel that other factors help make the applicant likely to succeed.

    In India - perhaps only employers have this degree of flexibility. I imagine the UGC keeps a pretty tight rein on the universities. They probably have to do EXACTLY as they're told - or else.
     
  12. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    Kizmet is right - the evaluation is for foreign graduates to further studies in India.

    My daughter completed her high school at PennFoster (online) while she was here in the USA. She married and went to India. Now she want to continue her studies at a local B&M college, but they wouldn't take her since AIU won't evaluate here PennFoster diploma.
    She had to resort to a state-owned open university, but she's missing the social life she longed for.
     
  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Msganti - are private companies in India bound by any rule that says they can't accept job applicants with foreign online degrees? How about the Government?
     
  14. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    Private companies are just like here in the USA - they don't care for your degree (as long as you have one).
    Government jobs - they have to follow the rules, so no foreign DL qualifications. Indian DL degrees are o though.
     
  15. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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  17. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Oh, UGC... *sigh*
     
  18. Jahaza

    Jahaza Member

    My understanding is that Harvard doesn't offer any 100% on line degrees. They always require an on campus experience segment.
     
  19. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Good point by Jahaza
     
  20. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    Thanks for the correction. But my point is - there are many excellent and reputed online programs in USA and elsewhere, but UGC just want to play blind.
     

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