Any NAAC A+ Rated University May Soon Be Able To Offer Online Degrees

| January 17 , 2018 , 14:34 IST

Studying further and securing university degrees is a dream to many, but often people are not able to devote the time for full-time studying. In a bid to boost the low gross enrolment issue (GER) in higher education and provide an easy way to learn, the government may soon allow any University rated A+ by the NAAC to offer online degrees in non-technical fields.

“In a month or so, the rules will be finalized. The University Grants Commission is working on it,” said higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma.

Universities already rated A+ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) would be eligible to offer such courses. Other universities interested in offering online degrees would be granted a window of 2 years to secure the A+ level accreditation.

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Nearly 15 percent of universities would be eligible to offer online degrees, enabling students and working executives to learn anywhere, anytime. However, technical degrees including medicine and engineering would continue to be offered in full-time mode only.

“We are creating an enabling environment where not just students but working executives can study and earn a degree without travelling the distance,” human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said.

Experts are hopeful that with increase in availability and usage of mobile phones, the trend of online learning picks up faster.

In comparison to regular correspondence courses, students from outside the state of the concerned university will be allowed to sign up, as compared to the current rule restricting correspondence courses to students within the state only.

According to ministry officials, since only high ranked universities will be allowed to offer the courses, the quality of the course and the management of the students could be handled better.