VERIFY: Engineering degrees through correspondence

OF LATE, one sees a host of deemed and  private universities offering engineering degrees, both in soft disciplines like IT and Software engineering as well as hard disciplines like Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.  The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which was set up to regulate, monitor, plan and coordinate the technical education system in the country, has cautioned students to be wary of distance education institutions offering such programmes  in the open and distance learning (ODL) mode.

In principle AICTE does not recognise programmes in core engineering disciplines which require lab facilities under the distance learning mode. So as on date any college which offers a BE/ BTech through correspondence/ online mode is doing so without approval or recognition. The DEC has accepted the same and ordered all approved universities to cease correspondence BE/ BTech offerings. But the order as on date has been stayed by the Delhi High court. 

The only way one can pursue an engineering degree in the country by correspondence mode is to register for membership-based examinations of the various approved institutions of engineers. A list of most popular offerings is on the page alongside to make your decision easier.

  • Name of the Degree: Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers
  • Eligibility: 10+2 or Diploma
  • Recognition: Yes
  • Specialisation: NA
  • No. of Papers: Section A + Section B and a three month internship
  • Study Centres: 23 centres all over India
  • Cost: No info available
  • Website: No info available
  • Name of the Degree: Associate Membership of Institute of Mechanical Engineer
  • Eligibility: A Pass in 12th standard with English, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics with 6 months engineering work experience either as Trainee or Employee.
  • Recognition: Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Specialisation: Automobile Technician, Production, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Mechanical Engineering
  • No. of Papers: Part-I & Part-II, Section A & Section B
  • Study Centres: No Info Available
  • Cost: Rs. 6,400 for PI & PII, Rs.13,875 for Section A & Rs. 8,500 for Section B
  • Website:
  • Name of the Degree :Associate Membership of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
  • Eligibility:10+2 with Physics and Mathematics
  • Recognition: Yes
  • Specialization: NA
  • No: Papers: No info available
  • Study Centres: NA
  • Cost: Rs. 5000 for Enrolment
  • Website: 


  • Name of the Degree:  Associate Membership of Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering
  • Eligibility: 10+2
  • Recognition: Yes
  • Specialisation: NA
  • No: Papers: Prelims + Section A + Section B + Project Work.
  • Study Centres: 24
  • Cost: Rs. 3,850 for registration+Payment per sitting. Examination cost excluded
  • Website:
  • Name of the Degree: Associate Membership of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Eligibility:  A pass in 12th standard with English, Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics
  • Recognition: Department of Science and Technology, Government of India,
  • Specialisation: Chemical Engineering
  • No. of Papers: Part-I, Part-IIA & IIB and Part-III (Home Paper)
  • Study Centres: 30
  • Cost: Rs. 1,700
  • Website: