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March 27, 2024

UGC India instructs the Public and Students to Check a University's Relevant Status before enrolling in its Open and Distance Learning (ODL) or Online Learning (OL) Program.



New Delhi, India, March 24, 2024 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a Public Notice instructing the Public and students to check a university’s relevant status before enrolling in its open and distance learning (ODL) and online learning (OL) programs.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has established regulations that set minimum standards of instruction for granting degrees and diplomas in ODL and Online mode. To ensure a positive learning experience, students should confirm the recognition status of the Higher Education Institution (HEI) offering ODL and Online education, check for prohibited programs and franchising arrangements, and ensure that the University conducts all activities or ODL programs within its territorial jurisdiction.

• Determining the Relevant Status of a Higher Educational Institution (HEI):

• Check the details on the HEIs’ website: All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) recognized and entitled to offer Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and online programs are required to upload details including:

Students should thoroughly review the above information on their University’s Website.

• Further, the students must check which HEIs are prohibited from offering ODL or Online programs and are classified as ‘No Admission’ institutions.

• Additionally, students must ensure that the ODL and Online courses they enroll in strictly adhere to the UGC notification on Specification of Degrees, 2014, and its subsequent amendments regarding minimum duration, nomenclature, and entry-level qualifications.

• Conduct of Activities within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the University:

• The University Grants Commission (UGC) prohibits specific disciplines from being offered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Online modes. These include Engineering, Medical, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental, Architecture, Law, Agriculture, Horticulture, Hotel Management, Catering Technology, Culinary Sciences, Aircraft Maintenance, Visual Arts, Sports, and Aviation. Additionally, the UGC prohibits M.Phil and Ph.D. programs from being offered in ODL and Online modes.

• March 31, 2024, is the last date for admissions to all HEIs for ODL and Online Programmes for the academic sessions commencing February 2024.

Source: UGC

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