NEW DELHI :
The university grants commission (UGC) has kicked-off the exercise to open up higher education sector for full-fledged e-learning degrees, to bridge the physical-digital divide in tertiary education.
The regulator has asked institutions and universities to share a roadmap and roll out online degree courses from Jan 2021.
According to UGC, “higher educational institutions having an accreditation score of 3.26 (in a scale of 4) and above or having a rank in top 100 best university category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) shall be permitted to start full-fledged online programmes without prior approval.”
Mint has seen a copy of the notification. It says a university must be in the top 100 NIRF list at least twice in three preceding cycles at the time of application.
Earlier in May, government had said that top 100 universities will soon be allowed to offer online degrees.
India’s higher education sector