What is the issue ?
- Higher educational institutions can now offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode side by side along with their regular courses.
What would these online courses contain ?
- Online learning courses shall have video lectures, econtent, selfassessment and discussion forums to clarify doubts.
Which courses can be offered in online mode ?
- Only those disciplines in which qualifying institutions have already been offering the same or similar programmes/ courses at the undergraduate level in the regular mode (of classroom teaching), or in open and distance learning mode, approved by the statutory councils as applicable, and from which at least one batch has graduated, are eligible.
Which institutions are eligible to provide online mode of education ?
- A minimum National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.26 on the 4 point scale would be eligible.
Which programmes cannot be delivered in online mode ?
- Programmes requiring practical/laboratory courses as a curricular requirement are not permitted.
How would examinations be held for such courses ?
- Examinations would be conducted in the proctored mode and in conformity with any norms for such examinations stipulated by the UGC.
About Univeristy Grants Commission (UGC) :
The University Grants Commission is a statutory organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1956 for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education.
Apart from providing grants to eligible universities and colleges, the Commission also advises the Central and State Governments on the measures which are necessary for the development of Higher Education.
It functions from New Delhi as well as its six Regional offices located in Bangalore, Bhopal, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune.