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UGC permits top 100 universities to start online courses

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Under the ‘PM e-VIDYA program as part of the self-reliant India campaign University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman DP Singh has given a nod to Top 100 Universities in NIRF Rankings to start online courses.

UGC Chairman told that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the e-Vidya program to promote online education. This program will benefit nearly 25 crore school-going children.

“We will soon bring out an integrated version of open and distance learning and online regulation after the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD). Under Atmanirbhar Bharat, the top 100 Universities according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking, will run online classes without prior approval of UGC for the 2021 session,” he said.

Also read: UGC may consider blended learning option

The NIRF Rankings for the year 2020 were announced and IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore, and IIT Delhi secured the top three positions in the top institutes of India category. The rankings were released for 9 categories by the MHRD.

With the PM e-Vidya initiative, more online universities will strengthen online education in the country. Moreover, the government is also expanding e-learning in higher education through open, distance, and online education regulatory framework.

PM e-Vidya initiative will help students multi-mode access to online education that also includes DIKSHA. According to an official release, under this program, a TV (one class-one channel) where one dedicated channel per grade for each of the classes 1 to 12 will provide access to quality educational material.

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