Posted on 19/01/2018
There is some good news for the students and working people, who want to enhance their academic qualification anytime, anywhere. For the first time, Government of India will allow nearly 15% of universities, having top NAAC Score to offer online degree courses. The online degree courses, however, will be non-technical in nature, implying they exclude degrees in engineering and medicine.
In the 65th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on higher education on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, it has been resolved to allow Higher education institutions (HEI) with top National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ratings to offer three-year degree programmes through open and distance learning (ODL) mode.
These degrees through open and online mode will be treated at par with regular courses. The meeting also resolved to make efforts to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 30% in next five years. Through such online degree courses, the problem of access to colleges, faced in several parts of India can also be addressed.
For the quality of education, as some believe the move may compromise quality, Government has the plan to allow only those Universities which have NAAC grade of A+ and A++ ratings and also will be able to offer the programmes on ODL mode and these will be delivered online.
Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar was quoted saying by ToI that the rules and guidelines for the same would be notified by February 2018. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is working to finalize the rules.