Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ethiopian branch of Indian college barred from registering new students

(May 14, 2013, Addis Ababa, (IANS))--The Ethiopian branch of a private Indian college has been barred from registering new students for four distance learning programmes until it renews its accreditation with its partner institution in India. The existing students can, however, continue.

The directive of the Higher Education Relevance & Quality Assurance Agency (HERQA) came as the Sri Sai College, which offers courses in administration, science and IT, and journalism , failed to present a renewed licence from its partner, Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), in January, an official told IANS.

SMU is a public-private funded university located in Gangtok in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It was established in 1995 and is the first such university in the country. In addition to regular courses in IT, engineering, management, commerce, journalism and health sciences, SMU also provides distance education with partner schools all over the world.

Sri Sai was issued a licence to provide distance education from 2009 to 2012, according to the curriculum of its partner. SMU was unable to get its licence renewed by the Indian government's Distance Education Council (DEC) that accredits the educational institutions of the country, according to Sri Sai Dean Andegnaw Alemneh. Read more from Business Standard »

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