UGC likely to roll out new guidelines for e-learning in April
The central government is likely to introduce a new set of guidelines for e-learning within the next month. Confirming the development in an interview with a major news daily, the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Mr Jagadesh Kumar, said the guidelines will be accompanied by a host of initiatives for the welfare of students.
“In the coming months, the government will roll out initiatives for students in the area of online education. All must come together for students to derive maximum benefit,” Kumar said.
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The head of UGC added that the focus will also be on raising awareness of programs such as Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) and other insiders for student welfare.
With the ABC program, students will be able to follow tailor-made courses where they will simultaneously take different courses at different universities and accumulate credits. Credits can be stored by students in their credit account and can then be redeemed for a degree.
Kumar said that if universities start offering online courses, the ABC program will give students the opportunity to choose their desired course from a wider range of choices. The UGC is already deliberating on the implementation of various central and state universities across the country.
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Meanwhile, with the 2020 changes to the Open and Distance Learning and Online Programs (UGC) Regulations, the commission also plans to allow more educational institutions to offer online degree courses to students. . There will be no limit on admission to these courses and students who have passed class 12 can directly apply for admission to the course of their choice.
Kumar added that the regulations were likely to facilitate the formation of digital universities with various institutions emerging as centers of knowledge provision. He pointed to a bigger role for edtech companies in setting up the digital university where they can partner with educational institutions to offer learning and exam support.
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