New Delhi, 12 September 2022, UGC Digital University: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to launch a digital university for students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. After completion of courses, students will receive certificates, diplomas and degrees depending upon the type of course. The authorities will launch the courses on 23 July 2023.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to provide exposure to students in various disciplines including, Political Science, Computer Science, and Engineering.
- The commission has also launched a portal named ‘ E-Samadhan’ to solve all the queries related to online courses.
- The ‘E-Samadhan’ portal has been launched on 5 September 2022.
- The portal works 24 hours a day.
Table of Contents
- UGC Digital University – Aim
- UGC Digital University – Benefits
- UGC Digital University – Details
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UGC Digital University – Aim
The establishment of a digital university was first introduced in the presentation of the Union Budget 2022-23 by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with the aim of providing a high-class education system to rural students of India. The students who are unable to secure seats at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) can now access the IIT level education from their homes.
UGC Digital University – Benefits
- Digital University aims to combat the problem of limited seats.
- It aims to make higher education accessible to all students which would help directly in reducing the dropout rate.
- There will be no entrance exams or soaring cut-offs for admission to the Digital University.
- Digital University will also provide courses in more than 200 regional languages so that students cannot face linguistic barriers.
UGC Digital University – Details
The term ‘Digital University’ suggests a distinction between universities that completely functions through digital mode. The learning and teaching process of such universities is done through electronic measures.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) and other educational bodies have formed a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model in which a centralised hub will lead all the technical and administrative functions of the universities. The spokes will be the collaborators, institutions and other sources that will provide educational courses and information to the students through digital platforms.
Digital Universities in India
Digital University Kerala – The digital university was established in Kerala in 2020 for students pursuing postgraduate programmes. This university is currently providing three postgraduate courses through digital platforms. It also provides scholarships to the students that help them in developing analytical skills and concepts related to digital and science industries.
The postgraduate courses provided by the Digital University Kerala are listed below:
- M.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering
- M.Tech. in Electronics Engineering
- M.Tech. in Electronic Product Design
- M.Sc. in Computer Science
- M.Sc. in Data Analytics
- M.Sc. in Electronics
- M.Sc. in Ecology
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- MBA for Working Professionals (On-Campus)
- Doctoral Programmes
- Post-Doctoral Programme
- PG Diploma in Development Informatics
- PG Diploma in e-Governance
Digital University Rajasthan – The university will be established in Jodhpur. The process has been initiated by the Government of India but is yet to be implemented.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q.1 Is there any digital university in India right now?
India has one working digital university right now, which is, Digital University Kerala.
Q2. What is a digital university?
The term ‘Digital University’ suggests a distinction between universities that completely functions through digital mode. The learning and teaching process of such universities is conducted online.
Q3. Is it possible to pursue multiple degrees at the Digital University?
Yes! Students can pursue two degrees simultaneously, one in full-time mode and another on a weekend basis.