Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed a curriculum and credit framework for Postgraduate (PG) programmes in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The NEP 2020 recommends restructuring PG programmes to include options such as one-year PG, two-year PG, PG diploma, and an exit provision at the end of the first year in two-year PG programmes.

The NEP 2020 states that “the undergraduate degree will be of either 3 or 4-year duration with appropriate certifications, e.g., a UG certificate after completing 1 year in a discipline or field including vocational and professional areas, or a UG diploma after 2 years of study, or a Bachelor’s degree after a 3-year programme. The 4-year multidisciplinary Bachelor's programme, however, shall be the preferred option since it allows the opportunity to experience the full range of holistic and multidisciplinary education." 

Main Features Of PG Curriculum Framework

  • Flexibility to move from one discipline of study to another.
  • Flexibility for students who qualify UG with a major and minor (s) to opt for either major or minor(s) subject or any other subject if they are able to prove their competence in PG programme.
  • Opportunity for learners to choose the courses of their interest.
  • Flexibility to switch to alternative modes of learning (offline, ODL, Online learning and hybrid modes of learning).

Credit Requirement And Eligibility For PG Programme 

  1. A bachelor’s degree with Honours/ Honours with Research with a minimum of 160 credits for a 1-year/2-semester PG programme at level 6.5 on the NHEQF.
  2. A 3-year/6-semester bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 120 credits for a 2-year/4-semester PG programme at level 6.5 on the NHEQF.
  3. A 4-year Bachelor’s degree (e.g. B.E., B.Tech. etc.) with a minimum of 160 credits for a 2-year/4-semester PG programme (e.g. M.E., M. Tech. etc.) at level 7 of NHEQF.
  4. A student is eligible for a PG programme in a discipline corresponding to either major or minor(s) discipline in UG programme. 
  5. In this case, the University can admit the students in the PG programme based on the student’s performance in the UG programme or through an entrance examination.

For more details, visit the official UGC website or click HERE

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