The University Grants Commission (UGC) has called for submission of proposals from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in order to offer online and distance learning courses from January 2021. The UGC introduced Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes Regulations on September 4, 2020.
According to the UGC notification, the online portal for submitting fresh applications would be open till October 15.
In a notice, the regulator said, “UGC invites fresh applications from all eligible Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) as per University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 for offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL)programmes and Online (OL) programmes from 2020-21, academic session beginning January, 2021 and onwards. The online portal for submitting applications shall be opened upto 15.10.2020.”
Only the institutions eligible to offer such courses as per the new regulations will be able to submit their applications on the UGC’s official portal for the academic session beginning January 2021 and onwards.
“HEIs already recognized by UGC for offering ODL/Online programmes including the academic year 2020-21 and eligible as per the UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 may apply for additional programmes, if any,” the notification stated.