UGC recently introduced a ban on Technical Education done on distance mode, contrary to directives of HRD Ministry. Such a decision may be relevant to programs and courses that require laboratory and workshop facilities. Quite a few Master’s programs and even a certain undergraduate programs can be done on distance mode, using advanced Software simulation tools where such tools are required. The significant merits in distance education are you get access to lectures by best Instructors, at relatively insignificant cost and enormous flexibility that one does not have to move out to be physically present. Technology enables interaction through conference and video calls. UGC may consider qualifying their statement.