New Delhi: University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued important guidelines for students who wish to enroll for open and distance learning (ODL) and online learning programmes. The UGC has stated some precautionary guidelines which students should keep in mind while enrolling for these programmes. The Commission has also notified a list of programmes which are prohibited to be offered under ODL and online mode. These programmes include Engineering, Medical, Physiotherapy and various others.
The checklist further includes the status of higher educational institutions (HEIs), and adherence to the duration of an academic session, among others. The UGC’s precautionary guidelines applied to both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes. Precautions a student should take before enrolling under ODL and online learning programmes is provided here.
UGC Admission Guidelines For ODL, Online Learning Programmes
- Students should ensure the status of higher educational institutions (HEIs) which includes recognition status, entitlement status. Students must check which HEIs are debarred for offering ODL or online programmes and have been put under ‘no admission category’.
- Students should thoroughly check the details of the HEIs, its documents, application, affidavit on the Commission’s website. If a student find any deviation in details available on the official website of HEIs website, s/he should communicate it to UGC.
- The HEIs should adhere to the duration of an academic session as notified by the UGC. The academic session beginning from July-August 2022 has been revised to September 2022. The last date to apply for the academic session 2022-23 is till October 31, 2022.
- A student should ensure that the minimum duration, nomenclature and entry-level qualification for ODL and online courses under which enrolment is being made should be strictly as per UGC notification. The minimum qualification for enrolling into the UG programme is Class 12 pass and for the PG programme is a bachelor’s degree.
- The UGC has also notified the list of programmes which are available in the official notification are prohibited to be offered under ODL and online mode. There are around 17 ODL programmes which are prohibited by the UGC including MPhil and PhD programmes.
- Students should remember that HEIs are conducting all their activities including admission, counselling, and examinations within territorial jurisdiction for ODL programmes.
- UGC has strictly prohibited universities whether central, state, private or deemed universities to offer its programmes through franchising arrangements for admitting learners and conducting courses through ODL and online mode.
- The UG, PG degrees provided under ODL and online modes will be treated as equivalent to the corresponding awards of the degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- The HEIs should have Important learner centre provisions of the regulations which include learner’s mobility, admission taken through the recognition period and learner’s enrolment for ODL and online mode programmes.