The University Grants Commission (UGC) has allowed 11 more universities to offer recognised open and distance learning (ODL) programmes from July 2021.
The present permission to the 11 varsities is in in addition to the list released in March this year. The decision was taken based on Standing Appellate Committee Meeting (SAC) held on 30.06.2021 and 01.07.2021.
“Additional List of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) with recognized programmes under Open and Distance mode for the Academic Session beginning July 2021 (revised as November 2021) to 2025-2026 (Upto Academic Session January, 2026)...,” read the official notification.
The list of HEIs with recognised programmes under ODL mode based on Interface Expert Committee Meeting had been uploaded on UGC website. The recognised HEIs may start admission process in the programmes recognised as per this list, from academic session beginning July, 2021.
“ Higher Educational institution shall not offer any Open and Distance Learning Programme and admit learners thereto unless it has been granted recognition by the Commission and admission shall not be made in anticipation of the recognition,” reads the official notification.
Recently, UGC framed some more flexible rules for various Central and other universities across the country. Under this, regular universities will be allowed to offer online courses and other important courses through distance learning even post Covid-19 pandemic.
The UGC has decided to start 123 different online courses. Out of this, 40 programmes for postgraduate (PG) students and 83 for undergraduate (UG) students have been decided.