UGC Allows Students to Pursue Two Degrees Simultaneously
By: Aviral Sharma
The University Grants Commission (UGC), on Tuesday (April 12), announced that students will now be able to pursue two full-time academic programmes – both under and post-graduate – in physical and online modes. The implementation began Wednesday onwards.
In a message to the vice-chancellors of all universities and principals of all colleges and institutions in the country, the UGC also requested its strict implementation. Accordingly, the commission has put together guidelines regarding the same, which are now available on its official website. These new rules will apply to all degree programmes offered in India.
Previously, the UGC regulations did not allow students to pursue two full-time programmes. They could only pursue one full-time degree and online, short-term or diploma courses.
Now, students can choose a combination of a bachelor’s degree and a diploma programme, two simultaneous master’s programmes, or two bachelor’s programmes. For example, suppose a student is eligible to pursue a postgraduate degree but also wants to enrol in a bachelor’s degree in a different domain. In that case, they will be able to pursue UG and PG degrees simultaneously. However, it must be noted that the class schedule for either programme must not clash with the other.
Calling the move a “natural progression” of the New Education Policy (NEP) introduced last year, UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said to the press, “The policy [NEP] envisions imaginative and flexible curricular structures to enable creative combinations of disciplines for study, that would offer multiple entries and exit points, thus, removing the currently prevalent rigid boundaries and creating new possibilities for life-long learning and centrally involve critical and interdisciplinary thinking”.
For now, the adoption of these guidelines is optional for universities and can be implemented only after the approval of the universities’ statutory bodies. The eligibility criteria for each programme will remain unchanged, and admissions will be conducted based on the existing UGC university norms.
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