In 2020-21, 25,905 students enrolled in online programmes, nearly tripling to 72,400 enrolments the following year.
According to data from the UGC, the most popular online undergraduate courses are the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA). A total of 13,764 students enrolled in the BBA course while 5,166 students enrolled for BCA and 4,028 for Bachelor of Arts.
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is still the most popular postgraduate course, with 28,956 students enrolled in the programme. Close behind was the Masters of Computer Applications, which had 5,430 students enrolled. The Masters of Commerce trailed closely behind with 3300 students going for that degree. The enrolment data includes applicants from both India and abroad.
Tweet by UGC Chaiman “Online programmes provide a window of opportunity to many students who are unable to join physically in a college or University. There is a steady increase in the number of enrolments in online programmes. However, this will pick up further once we announce the National Digital University together with flexible online education regulations,” .
Within the past three years, there has been a boom in enrolments for online programmes. In 2020-21, 25,905 students registered for online courses, nearly tripling to 72,400 enrolments in 2021-22.
Universities have been classified by government regulators into three types: private, deemed-to-be, and public. Private universities had the most enrolments (19,547), followed by deemed-to-be universities (36,860). Central universities achieved third place with only 6888 enrolments.