Admission in regular college not possible? Try their online courses

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With CBSE results out, the battle for college admissions is about to get fierce. Nowadays, scoring 90 per cent is no guarantee that you get admission in one of the best colleges in the country. With such stiff competition, one can only imagine the plight of students who haven’t fared well in exams. Well, these students now have a reason to smile.

Starting this academic year, higher educational institutions in the country can offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode. The UGC recently approved UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018, thus heralding a reform in the field of higher education in India. As per the new regulation, the institutes can offer only those disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar programmes/courses at graduation level in regular mode (of classroom teaching) or in open and distance learning mode, and from which at least one batch has been graduated and approved by the statutory councils, as applicable. However, programmes requiring practical/ laboratory courses as a curricular requirement cannot be offered online. The examinations will be conducted in proctored mode and in conformity with any norms for such examinations stipulated by the commission. The online learning will have minimum four quadrants: video lectures, e- content, self-assessment and discussion forum to clarify doubts.

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Online programmes can only be offered by those institutes which have been in existence for at least five years and are accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a valid minimum score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale. Also, they should be in the top-100 in overall category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for at least two years in the previous three years. However, NAAC and NIRF conditions will not be applicable to existing government open universities till NAAC or similar accreditation system or NIRF are made available.

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