More than a month after the Supreme Court disallowed technical education through distance mode, 1,600 people whose degrees became invalid after the order have registered for re-examination with the government. Most of the applications are from working professionals with over 10 years of experience.The institutes affected through the apex court’s order are JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute (AAI) and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu. Students who pursued their engineering degrees through distance mode in the academic term 2001-2005 are the ones at the receiving end.The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had launched a portal to help those who have been affected by the court order in taking a re-examination. As per the data shared by the council, 1,600 people who are from the affected institutions have registered themselves on the portal so far.The number however will go up as the registrations are open till January 30. And apart from the online registration through AICTE portal, the affected people have been sending their information through individual institutes as well.“So far, on the AICTE portal, 1,600 people have registered There is another month to go for it,” said an official.According to government sources, the re-exam which aims at validating the degrees of those affected will be done through a single exam.

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1,600 to retake exam to legitimise engineering degrees