In a primary, the federal government has determined to permit college students to pursue two full-time and same-level diploma programmes in bodily mode concurrently both on the similar college or from completely different universities, UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar stated on Tuesday.
The College Grants Fee (UGC) will quickly difficulty detailed pointers on this regard and the choice shall be obtainable to college students from the 2022-23 tutorial session.
“As introduced within the new Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) and with the intention to permit college students to accumulate a number of abilities, UGC is arising with new pointers to permit a candidate to pursue two diploma programmes in bodily mode concurrently,” Kumar stated at a press convention.
“The levels can both be pursued from the identical or completely different universities. College students will even be allowed to pursue two diploma programmes in bodily and on-line mode concurrently,” he stated.
The UGC had been planning such a transfer for a very long time, however acquired the go-ahead for it in 2020. The fee had arrange a committee in 2012 as effectively to look at the concept, and consultations had been held, however in the end the concept was junked.
Kumar stated that the 2 programmes opted by college students on the similar time must be of the identical stage.
As an example, they’ll solely pursue two undergraduate or two postgraduate, or two diploma levels collectively, he stated.
In accordance with the draft pointers ready by the UGC, college students can pursue two full-time levels in 3 ways.
First, they’ll pursue each tutorial programmes in bodily mode offered that in such circumstances, class timings for one programme don’t overlap with the category timings of the opposite programme.
Second, they’ll pursue one programme in bodily mode and one other in on-line or distance mode. And third, they’ll pursue as much as two diploma programmes in on-line or distance mode concurrently.
For now, the 2 levels will solely be non-technical programmes which might be permitted by the UGC.
They could be a mixture of topics from completely different streams, that’s humanities, science and commerce, and admission shall be granted relying on the eligibility of the scholar and the provision of programmes.
Kumar additionally knowledgeable that it’ll not be necessary for any college or a council to undertake these pointers, however the fee is hoping that increasingly establishments will permit college students to pursue two levels collectively.
“As soon as the rules are despatched to establishments and statutory our bodies, they are going to be free to undertake it within the method that fits them. The method and eligibility for admission and exams shall be determined by the respective establishments,” he stated.
“If a college requires a pupil to take a seat for CUET (Frequent College Entrance Check), they should try this, if one other establishment she or he is doesn’t have such a take a look at then they should comply with that individual establishment’s admission course of,” Kumar defined.
The attendance requirement for the programmes shall be determined by respective schools and establishments, he stated.
Kumar additionally clarified that the scholars is not going to be allowed to make use of credit earned in a single programme to meet the requirement of one other programme.
“Every programme has its personal credit score necessities they usually must fulfil that. They will use one set of credit for 2 levels,” he stated.
When requested about the opportunity of overlapping examinations, Kumar, “It will likely be as much as the institutes”.
If two establishments have an MoU and have determined to let every others’ college students pursue two simultaneous levels then they’ll work out the examination schedule simply, he stated.
Requested if an identical choice is out there in different nations, Kumar stated that “it may very well be that some nation presents the flexibleness but when not, India may very well be the primary one to go for this larger schooling reform”.
“With this reform, a pupil will be capable of pursue a BCom and a arithmetic diploma collectively if the scholar needs to, and if she or he is eligible to take action. The thought is to offer as a lot flexibility to college students as potential,” Kumar stated.