UGC has announced guidelines for students to earn two degrees simultaneously in physical, online, or combined online mode with NEP to provide more student flexibility and customization in higher education.
The guidelines will apply to all programs available across the country. Students can choose a combination of a diploma program and a bachelor’s degree (UG), two master’s programs, or two bachelor’s programs.
- In a virtual media briefing, UGC President, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar revealed UGC’s latest plan to allow students to pursue two concurrent university programs including full-time degree courses.
- He said that according to the National Education Policy (NEP), the latest initiative aims to provide the flexibility and personalization of higher education and even to enable multidisciplinary multidisciplinary education for students.
- With this decision, students will be able to follow two UG or PG degrees together in the physical + physical or physical + online or online + online modality.
- Kumar also informed that major universities in India have the option to offer online degree courses and further guidelines on this will be notified in two weeks.
- The official list of UGC guidelines for pursuing two degrees or concurrent university programs is expected to be uploaded to the UGC website. The new measure will be applicable from the 2022-23 academic year.
- The commission has drawn up a set of guidelines in this regard, which will be published on the official website of the UGC. Previously, UGC regulations did not allow students to pursue two full-time programs and could only pursue a full-time degree with online/short-term/degree courses.
- The guidelines will apply to all programs available across the country. Students can choose a combination of a diploma program and a bachelor’s degree (UG), two master’s programs, or two bachelor’s programs.
- If a student is eligible to pursue a UG degree and also wishes to enroll in a bachelor’s degree in a different field, they may pursue a UG and PG degree simultaneously. Class time for the two programs should not coincide.