UGC Advisory : Students seeking admission to Open and Distance Learning programmes

Parijat Chauhan

Parijat Chauhan

In light of the recent decision to make degrees obtained through ODL programmes equal to those obtained through conventional means, the commission has issued a series of cautionary guidelines and advisories for students seeking admission to ODL programmes.

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Students who desire to apply for admission to open distance learning (ODL) programs should read the advice that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has published. These warning recommendations cover everything from the accreditation of the higher education institution to forbidden courses.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently amended its rules to make online degrees obtained through open and distance learning (ODL) programmes equivalent to those obtained through conventional means. In light of this change, the commission has issued guidelines for students who wish to enroll in ODL programmes.

Some of the key points that students should keep in mind include ensuring that the programme is recognised by the UGC, checking that the institution offering the programme is recognised by the Distance Education Council, and ensuring that they will be able to complete the required number of credits.

To avoid any issues, the UGC has advised students to make sure they are not enrolling in any courses which have been prohibited from being conducted online or through ODL mode. This includes programmes such as engineering, medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, hotel management, horticulture, nursing, law, agriculture, catering technology, aircraft maintenance, visual arts and sports.

In order to enroll more students, the commission has prohibited state, central, private and deemed universities from offering ODL programmes through franchising arrangements.

It is advised that students check that the minimum duration, nomenclature, qualification and other criteria of ODL programmes are as per the guidelines issued by the commission. Checking this will ensure that the programme is up to standard and will be recognised.

By following these guidelines, students can be sure that they are enrolling in a programme that will be recognised by the UGC and will give them the same benefits as a conventional degree.

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Padmanabhan N
Padmanabhan N
8 months ago

It is a good decision.I. request you that Singhania MEd program recognise d by by UGc,DEC and NCTE

Gh nabi
Gh nabi
8 months ago

I have completedmaUrdu from manuu and want to do phd course in urdu .kindly guide can i do the degree on line