UGC Now Allows Universities To Run 123 Online Courses Even After COVID Pandemic

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New Delhi, 23rd August 2021: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made more flexible rules for various central and other universities across the country. Under these, regular universities will be allowed to run online courses and other important courses through distance education even after the corona pandemic.

UGC has decided to start 123 different online courses. Of these, 40 courses will be for postgraduate students and 83 for undergraduate students. Students from all over the country will be able to do these courses.

For this, they have to apply through the online platform ‘SWAYAM’ or ‘Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds’. Students can get complete details of these courses and eligibility information from the website of UGC.

UGC Chairman DP Singh said that several steps have been taken to make the courses available on digital platforms. In this context, he mentioned ‘Swayam’, ‘Swayam Prabha’, National Academic Depository (NAD) and other digital platforms. Singh said that under the initiative of UGC, learners have been brought into the mainstream of online education.

According to the UGC, examinations of ‘SWAYAM’ online courses will also be conducted. The Vice-Chancellors of various universities will have to ensure that the process of conducting these examinations starts by the end of August. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct these examinations at various examination centres across the country which will conduct examinations for various non-technical undergraduate and postgraduate courses from January-April, 2021 semester.

UGC has also sent notices to all universities and colleges regarding the conduct of examinations through SWAYAM. SWAYAM offers non-technical Masters and Undergraduate courses to all students, working professionals, lifelong students and others across the country. Apart from this, the UGC will also promote the use of regional languages. By allowing technical courses in different regional languages, it will remove the linguistic barrier, in this direction it has also taken several steps.