New UGC scheme allows students to pursue two academic degree simultaneous

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Chairperson of University Grants Commission (UGC), M Jagadesh Kumar, acknowledged on April 12, in a virtual meeting with media regarding the latest UGC plan which will allow students to pursue two simultaneous academic programmes, including full-time degree courses in both offline and online mode.

The previous UGC plan allowed students to pursue only one full-time degree along with online/short-term/diploma courses. With this new approach, students are allowed to pursue two UG or PG degrees/diplomas together in both offline and online modes. UGC Chairman further included that such a step will offer students from various domains, flexible and personalized higher education and a multidisciplinary education as well. The new scheme will be applied to all the programmes available across the country. On April 13, the official list of UGC guidelines for the same will be uploaded on the UGC website. It is optional for universities to adopt these guidelines and will be implemented only when the university approves it. The attendance criteria for these courses will also be revised. Though, the eligibility criteria for all the programmes remained same and  admissions will be conducted based on the existing UGC norms.

Students can either choose a combination of a diploma programme and an undergraduate (UG) degree, two master’s programmes, or two bachelor’s programmes. This new scheme will be applied from the academic year 2022-23.

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