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UGC Directs HEIs to Register for Offering OL and ODL Courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked eligible higher educational institutions (HEIs) to apply for recognition to offer programmes under open and distance learning (ODL) mode and online mode for academic year 2024-25 for session beginning September, 2024 and onwards.

“UGC invites fresh online applications from eligible higher educational institutions (HEls) as per Regulation 3(A) and Regulation 3 (B) (b) of UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 and its amendments for recognition of programmes under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode and/or Online mode for academic year 2024-25, academic session beginning September, 2024 (revised from July-August, 2024),” states the UGC.

The online portal for submitting applications will remain open from May 10, 2024 till May 31, 2024. The HEI is required to submit application at https://deb.ugc.ac.in/.

The duly certified hard copy of the application along with original affidavit and annexure should reach deputy secretary, distance education bureau of UGC, by June 15, 2024.

“HEIs may please note that the mere submission of an application should not be considered as grant of approval and that all application(s) shall be subject to scrutiny with respect to the standards stipulated in the UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 and its amendments,” adds UGC.

Apart from this, the Commission has asked eligible HEIs, which have been already recognised by the UGC to offer ODL and/or Online Programmes for academic year 2024-25, to apply for recognition of additional programmes, if any.

Deemed to be universities are required to seek prior approval/recommendation/ NOC of AICTE for offering of programmes (under the ambit of AICTE) in ODL and/or Online mode, before submitting application to UGC DEB.

The HEIs have been asked to visit the UGC DEB website at https://deb.ugc.ac.in/ for prescribed application fee and for further updates/ announcements in this regard.

UGC recently notified that all central, state and private universities will no longer need to take prior approval from the AICTE for offering undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate diploma programmes under the disciplines of management, computer application and travel and tourism in ODL and/or online mode. This decision came after the AICTE stated that it did not want to give partial approval. However, the deemed-to-be-universities will continue to follow the regular rules where they will have to require approval/recommendation/ NOC from AICTE to offer programmes in ODL/OL mode, before submitting their application to the UGC.

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