The University Grants Commission [UGC] has permitted a new proposal regarding the students to pursue 2-degree courses concurrently in the same or different streams. As per the latest report, the UGC officials have approved this new proposal in recent times. Among the two degree courses, one must be in the regular mode while the other one must be online distance learning.
Rajnish Jain, the Secretary of UGC said, ‘The proposal was approved in the recent commission meeting for simultaneous dual degrees for students in India, allowing students to complete courses in the same or different streams at the same time. One of the two degrees, however, has to be through regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning.’
He further added that the officials of UGC will soon issue an official notice regarding this proposal. In the previous year, the commission had established a panel. Bhushan Patwardhan, the Vice Chairman of the commission is the head of this panel. The VC will contemplate the proposal of pursuing two-degree courses at a time from the same or different university via online distance or part-time.
It’s not the first time for the Commission to analyze the issue. In the year 2012, the UGC authorities have set up a committee and considered the opinions of experts. However, at that time, this proposal was discarded. The committee that was set up in 2012 was headed by the Hyderabad University Vice-Chancellor, Furqan Qamar. He said that a student registered in a degree course under regular mode may be permitted to pursue a maximum of 1 extra degree course concurrently under the two different modes.
During 2012, the panel report issued by the then VC reads, ‘However, two degree programmes under regular mode may not be allowed simultaneously as it may create logistic, administrative and academic problems. A student pursuing a degree programme under regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, PG diploma programme simultaneously either in regular or open and distance mode in the same university or from other institutions.’
Further, the commission had considered the opinions of statutory councils regarding the committee’s report. However, the responses from the council weren’t positive. Moreover, the proposal hadn’t received approval from the council members. At last, the plan proposed in 2012 didn’t move forward. Get to know the latest updates about the upcoming exams and results of various entrance exams here.