New Delhi: The top 100 ranked universities in the nation will soon start full-fledged Online Degree Programmes. The Weightage of these degrees will stand equivalent to the conventional degrees.
The Regulator body, The University Grant Commission (UGC) will issue comprehensive guidelines on these Online degree programmes shortly.
The Union Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has notified this decision while attending a virtual conference he attended with the education ministers of G20 nations. This special session amongst the minister discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the education sector and how nations have dealt with it and how the member nations can collaborate to support education in the future.
Mr Pokhriyal informed the ministers of the G20 nations the efforts his ministry took to promote digital learning during Covid-19 pandemic. He said that with the collaborative efforts of the teachers the ministry has developed excellent digital educational content over the years. The digital content is available on multiple platforms like - DIKSHA, SWAYAM, Virtual Labs, e-Pathshala and National Digital Library to name a few.
He also informed that the top 100 universities in the country are soon going to start full-fledged Online Degree Programmes.
"Permissible online component in Conventional, Open and Distance modes of Education will be enhanced from 20% to 40% shortly, " he added.
He also notified, during his discussion, that the SWAYAM MOOCs courses are being mapped with university curriculum and Higher Educational Institutions are being encouraged to make it a part of the curriculum.
The minister expressed his gratitude towards Chairperson for his initiative to organise this important meeting of the G20 nations to collaboratively address the widespread disorder caused by the pandemic in the education sector.