Open and distance education courses cannot be started without the approval of UGC. UGC approval is necessary for this.
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If any university has to start open and distance education courses in the country, then to do so they must first get approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC).UGC) has to be approved. Open and distance education cannot be offered to students without approval. The Union Ministry of Education has said that after the approval of UGC, universities across the country will have the option of conducting studies in open and distance mode. Before starting open and distance education courses, the rules laid down by UGC have to be followed completely.
UGC recently organized its 562nd meeting. In this, after amending the currently applicable rule, they were approved. After this it was published in the Gazette of India on 18 November. Actually, according to the old rules, open and distance education courses could be started without the approval of the UGC. However, for this they had to follow the rules made.
Open degree will be like regular degree
UGC has made it clear that if someone has obtained a degree in distance or online mode, then his degree will be considered at par with the degree obtained by a regular student. Students have to note here that their degree will get this recognition only when their institute gets recognition from UGC. This ended the great tension of those students, who were confused about getting the open degree.
UGC Secretary Rajneesh Jain said that in the UGC notification, it was told that higher education degree obtained in open, distance or online mode is being recognized at par with the degree awarded by regular institutions. UGC has made it clear that this recognition of degree is going to be given at both graduation and post graduation level.
Actually, open degree is given by many Central Universities. Generally, those students take admission in the courses offered by these universities, who want to complete their studies along with work.