In the wake of COVID crisis, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) is finalising the list of 100 universities which will offer online degree programme.
The announced was made during a webinar conducted for 45,000 colleges by the HRD Minister.
He also said students of the first year will be promoted based on their internal assessment and final-year exams will take place depending on the situation.
The announced of online degree programme was announced by finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman recently.
The minister also asked the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to work on the modalities to accredit online degree courses to be launched soon.
The minister urged institutions to get themselves registered on NAAC and get accredited for their improvement and improvement of the education sector. Pokhriyal also said that the UGC has formed a task force to carry out the academic activity in the post COVID-19 lockdown scenario.
HRD minister said that the positions were not being filled because of legal issues and thousands of vacant positions have been filled in past some time.
Talking about the New Education Policy, HRD Minister said that the draft of the policy is ready, which will be India centric. He also said that the students can reach out to the UGC in case of the challenges being faced by them, even they can reach out to the ministry for their grievances.
The webinar had vice-chancellors, registrars, professors, principals and teachers from across the country participating and was hosted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, announced that the top 100 universities will be allowed to offer online degree programmes from May 30, 2020 as a part of Government of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
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— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 28, 2020