The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a set of regulations on granting of degrees and directed various universities in the country offering UG and PG programmes through distance mode to get fresh approvals from it.
The UGC had notified the UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 on June 29.
According to notification, all institutions of higher educational offering programmes through distance mode will now have to apply afresh in the prescribed form for recognition.
The UGC is proposing to invite fresh applications for recognition and start of new programmes as per the new UGC regulations.
Various universities have welcomed the new regulations.
A professor said, “The new regulations will provide online self-study material which will benefit students on a larger scale. Apart from this, the regulations also restrict institutions from establishing study centres beyond its territorial jurisdiction.”
Highlights of the new UGC regulations
1. All exams for programmes of the distance mode will be held within the institution, where study centres are located
2. Students are now permitted to take up to 20% of their courses every semester through SWAYAM, the online learning programme