Devbrat Patnaik

In a major development, University Grant Commission (UGC) recently issued a notification for the regulation of Online Courses.

This regulation lay down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of Certificate or Diploma or Degree, through online mode, delivered through interactive technology using internet.

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Further in this regulation, the UGC has defined eligibility criteria for higher educational institutions for offering online courses, application for the online courses or programmes, approval process, operation of the Online Courses and programmes, Course or Programme Monitoring and renewal and Quality Assurance.

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Recently, the UGC had also sought proposals from institutions for extension of their vocational courses and community college programmes.