Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Soon, top in­sti­tutes to of­fer on­line de­grees

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

NEW DELHI: The top 15% higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions will soon be al­lowed to of­fer de­gree pro­grammes through on­line mode in var­i­ous non-tech­ni­cal dis­ci­plines to in­crease the gross en­rol­ment ra­tio (GER) in higher ed­u­ca­tion from the cur­rent 25.2% to at least 30% by 2022.

The min­istry of hu­man re­source devel­op­ment has for­mu­lated draft reg­u­la­tions for this, which will soon be given a fi­nal shape and no­ti­fied.

“In­sti­tu­tions with A+ or A++ NAAC (Na­tional As­sess­ment and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil) grade will be able to of­fer on­line de­gree pro­grammes in var­i­ous non-tech­ni­cal dis­ci­plines.

They will of­fer de­gree, diploma and other cer­tifi­cate pro­grammes on­line,” said hu­man re­source devel­op­ment (HRD) min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar at the meet­ing of the Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (CABE) on Tues­day.

“Top 15% in­sti­tu­tions, which have se­cured 3.26 and above score in NAAC grad­ing (A+ or A++) will get per­mis­sion,” he said.

In­sti­tu­tions will have to make “sep­a­rate pro­vi­sions” for staff and fac­ul­ties to con­duct the on­line cour­ses, Javadekar added.

“The pro­posal to al­low higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions con­duct on­line de­gree pro­grammes is dif­fer­ent from Swayam.

Un­der the new plan, in­sti­tu­tions will be able to of­fer 100% de­gree cour­ses in open and on­line mode only in non-tech­ni­cal dis­ci­plines, in­stead of just 20% of the course as is the case with Swayam,” he ex­plained.

Un­der Swayam stu­dents of the uni­ver­si­ties and other higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions can com­plete 20% of their de­gree, diploma and cer­tifi­cate pro­grammes across all dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing.

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