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Universities may offer Online Degree Courses from 2018-19 session



Universities likely to offer online degree courses from this academic session


Universities and higher educational institutions are likely to offer online program  in graduate, post graduate and diploma level from this academic session, with the University Grants Commission (UGC) all set to approve draft regulations for the online delivery of such program, as reported by HT
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University Grants Commission (UGC) is in process of formatting the norms of these degrees. These draft regulations will be tabled in the meeting of the commission to be held on 24th May 2018, Thursday.
Under the draft UGC (Online Education) Regulations, 2018, the institutions can offer online programs in those disciplines in which it is already offering the same/similar programs in regular or open and distance learning.  They will be able to offer online degree in all fields except Medical courses and Engineering.
The delivery of the program will be through the SWAYAM portal of the government under which online courses are offered.
Any higher education institution will be able to apply to offer such online programs if they have been in existence for at least five years and are accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, with a minimum score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale to maintain quality and should have been in the top-100 in the overall category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for at least two years in the previous three years.
The UGC will start accepting applications for starting these courses by July, once the draft regulations are approved by the Commission
At present, the UGC does not recognize the course offered through online mode.  
The initiative gains significance as it will allow many students and working professionals to undertake courses and degree program to upgrade their educational qualification at their own convenience and also enhance career options
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