UGC has identified and authorized 113 Higher Education Institutes for providing Open and Distance Learning publications for the 2019-20 educational session. The growth in students’ quantity in distance learning programs has led UGC to put into effect strict excellent guidelines and policies for Open and Distance Learning Programmes. As of now, there was 25% growth inside the enrolment of students in distance getting to know programs.
Avichal Kapur, Joint Secretary of UGC has said that UGC has already authorized nearly 1500 new programs under ODL, which has received 18 lakhs admission requests at postgraduate and undergraduate degrees. He additionally said that the same old of the distance getting to know courses may be equal as that of traditional programs. UGC additionally asked the permitted universities to behavior process festivals for students enrolled in distance learning programs. Other than this, the regulatory frame has also asked HEIs to follow commonplace question papers for traditional and distance mastering publications from July 2019 instructional session.
As in keeping with the UGC regulations, the Open and Distance Learning sessions are carried out in the course of 1 year, starting from July and January every 12 months. This not most effective presents two classes in a year however also provide flexibility to college students, Kapur said.
RP Bahuguna, honorary director (Administration), Centre for Distance and Open Learning, Jamia Millia Islamia said that the approval of UGC in recognizing distance mastering guides will assist in contributing Gross Enrolment Ratio and make Higher Education available to college students from marginalized sections.
In the interim, Institutes imparting distance learning guides want to have minimal 3.26 NAAC accreditation and should feature in the NIRF ranking of pinnacle one hundred institutes. It is likewise obligatory for institutes to comply with nice norms on the subject of examining material of the respective difficulty.