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UGC To Promote Open and Distance Learning

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is probably going to loosen up standards to permit more institutions to offer open and distance learning courses to compensate for the learning misfortune because of the lockdown forced in late March to check the Covid-19 spread, officials mindful of the issue said.

The issue of setting another benchmark for these institutions to initiate the courses was talked about at a gathering of UGC, the higher education controller, on Thursday.

“A year ago, it had been specified that institutions, which have an accreditation score of 3.26 or above, will be permitted to offer ODL [open and distance learning] courses. A few institutions, particularly state colleges and private ones, have scored short of what one.”

“In the event that this standard is followed, these eventual incapable to offer ODL courses. At the gathering, it was talked about that the standards ought to be loose and brought to an accreditation score of 3 for colleges to offer ODL, or correspondence courses, as they are famously known,” said an official on the state of obscurity.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grades colleges and those scoring over 3 on a size of 4 are considered A-grade institutions.

UGC come out with standards as of late to guarantee simply the best institutions offer open and distance learning courses.

Officials said that numerous UGC individuals at the Thursday’s gathering refered to the circumstance considering the Covid-19 pandemic and said it will be smarter to permit institutions with lesser scores to offer these courses in any event for a year.

It was felt the benchmark of a NAAC score of 3 ought to be permitted. “…once the last call is taken, UGC will officially declare it,” said the official refered to above.

Among different choices taken at the gathering identified with the marking of MoUs with certain colleges picked as Institutes of Eminence (IoE) for more noteworthy self-rule. The official said Tamil Nadu’s Anna University and Jadavpur University (Kolkata) were probably going to be conceded the status too.

“On account of these two colleges, the state governments had not demonstrated energy to contribute a lot of Rs 1,000 crore award… It is likely they will be met the status with the Center paying a lot of Rs 500 crore. Be that as it may, subsequent to taking a gander at all perspectives UGC and MHRD will make the announcement,” said the official.

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