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UGC Notifies Regulations for Open and Distance Learning and Online Programmes

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently notified the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020, along with subsequent amendments, to ensure the quality and standards of education delivered through distance and online modes.

The initial regulations were officially published in the Gazette of India on September 4, 2020. Since then, amendments to the Principal regulations have been introduced on July 15, 2021, and July 18, 2022, to further refine the standards and guidelines governing open and distance learning (ODL) and online programmes.

These regulations establish the minimum standards of instruction necessary for the conferment of degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as the grant of postgraduate diplomas with a duration of two years in Open and Distance Learning and/or Online mode.

To ensure compliance and quality assurance, students are advised to verify the recognition status of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) offering ODL and Online education for the academic session they wish to enroll in. This can be done by consulting the UGC Distance Education Bureau (DEB) website and checking the details provided on the respective HEIs’ websites. It is crucial for students to be aware of prohibited programmes and the prohibition of franchising arrangements, ensuring that all educational activities are conducted within the territorial jurisdiction specified for ODL Programmes.

These regulations are designed to uphold the integrity and effectiveness of distance and online education, providing students with access to high-quality learning experiences while maintaining academic standards and credibility in the field of higher education.

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