New Delhi, 24 November 2021 – The University Grant Commission (UGC) has instructed universities to conduct up to 40% courses online. As per these instructions, students are free to opt for relevant Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by any colleges on the government’s online platform. Thereafter, they can get their scores transferred for their degree programmes.
This dictum came as the National Education Policy (NEP) has suggested conducting online classes for a wider reach. This will also help in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER).
GER: The Gross Enrolment Ratio is a statistical measure used in the education sector to determine the number of students enrolled in school at several different grade levels like elementary, middle school, and high school.
*MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses meant for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career, and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.
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Guidelines for Conducting 40% Courses Online
- To make the courses more accessible, the academic credit* limit has been increased from 20% to 40%.
- UGC has directed colleges and institutions to set up a curriculum that suits well with the courses offered through the Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) website.
- UGC has directed the colleges to make the required amendments within four weeks from the date of publication in the official notice, so that there is an integration between the institutions and the courses offered through SWAYAM.
- UGC will also designate a faculty member as a facilitator to guide the students from registration till completion of the credit course.
*The academic bank of credit (ABC) proposed in the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to be set up either under the UGC or the education ministry to offer flexibility to students and executives to promote liberal education. Through ABC, students have the opportunity to curate a single degree by studying varied subjects.
What are the Benefits of Conducting 40% Courses Online?
- Students will be able to attend the SWAYAM courses and their university studies simultaneously.
- The score received on the SWAYAM website will be covered by certification and will be added to their degree programme.
- This will help the students gain knowledge and choose a course wisely.
- This would further complement students’ degree programmes and enhance their credit scores.
- The students will be entitled to receive equivalent credit weightage earned through online learning credit courses through the SWAYAM platform.
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