It defiantly will be a positive step in process of giving more number of engineers to the county. The decision is getting a positive response from across the county. Students are also happy with this decision because the engineering courses will now become affordable & students who were deprived from doing a B-tech or M-Tech degree will now be able to join one.
Essentially, there will be an entrance test and an exit exam that all students signing up for a course under the distance education mode will have to take.
A student must have finished a degree or a diploma in the classroom form and received a minimum of five years of work experience before they can take up a professional course by way of the distance learning.
The decision was taken on the recommendation of a committee headed by former IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Dhande and IIT-Kanpur chairman M Anandkrishnan who studied the possibility of offering engineering and other professional courses through the distance mode.
The AICTE is currently drawing up rules and the approval process for colleges wanting to offer courses though the virtual medium. Interested colleges can apply from March 1.