UGC allows students to pursue two academic degrees simultaneously; directs HEIs to make statutory changes

UGC directs HEIs

The University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Higher Education Institutes(HEIs) to make statutory changes in their structure facilitating students to pursue two academic degrees simultaneously in physical mode on Friday. UGC had approved a proposal in April allowing students to pursue two full-time degrees together.

“All the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) were requested to devise mechanisms through its statutory bodies for allowing students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously. It is once again requested that in the larger interest of the students, implementation of the said scheme may kindly be ensured and expedited, if not done so far”, said UGC in a statement on Friday.

UGC has allowed students to pursue two full-time academic programmes in the same time frame given that class timing for both programmes do not clash with each other.

“The issue of allowing the students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously has been examined by the Commission keeping in view the proposals envisaged in the National Education Policy – NEP 2020 which emphasizes the need to facilitate multiple pathways to learning involving both formal and non-formal education modes”, said UGC while talking about the policy.

“The National Education Policy – NEP 2020 states that pedagogy must evolve to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible, and, of course, enjoyable”, it further added.

Earlier, UGC had allowed students to pursue one regular and one distance course simultaneously but this development is insignificant for now because now it allows students to pursue two full-time degrees together.