The Distance Education Council (DEC) is an apex body for the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system in the country.
It is empowered, under Statute 28 of the IGNOU Act, to act as an apex body for the ODL system. It is responsible for
promotion, coordination and maintenance of standards of the ODL system. The Vice Chancellor of IGNOU is the ex-officio
Chairperson of DEC. Presently, there are: one National Open University (IGNOU), thirteen state open universities (SOUs)
and more than 200 Distance Education Institutes (DEIs) functioning under conventional universities and private/autonomous
institutions that come under its purview.