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UGC Releases New Curriculum and Credit Framework for PG Courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed a curriculum and credit structure for Postgraduate (PG) degrees in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The NEP 2020 recommends restructuring PG programmes to include options such as one-year PG, two-year PG, PG diploma, and an exit provision at the end of the first year in two-year PG programmes. The new framework emphasises student empowerment by offering freedom, flexibility, and choices.

“The framework, with no discipline-specific entry requirements, outlines the credits and academic structure for both one-year and two-year PG programmes. It provides an exit option after the first year in the two-year programme. Flexibility and mobility are its key features,” UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said.

Strategies for PG education

1. A two-year programme with a focus on research for graduates of three-year Bachelor’s programmes.

2. A one-year PG programme for those completing four-year Bachelor’s programs with honours or research.
3. Integrated five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s programmes are also recommended.
4. Universities are encouraged to offer PG programmes in core disciplines like Machine Learning and multidisciplinary fields.

Major aspects of the PG curriculum

1. Ability to change disciplines of study.

2. Options for undergraduates with majors and minors to select majors, minors, or other subjects based on competence.

3. Opportunity for learners to choose courses they find interesting.

4. Flexible learning modes (offline, online, hybrid, and ODL).

5. The Academic Bank of Credits facilitates mobility, credit transfer, and guidelines for multiple entry and exit in academic programmes.

6. The credit requirements for postgraduate programs are based on the type and duration of the undergraduate degree.

Meanwhile, admission eligibility for postgraduate programmes is contingent upon the completion of relevant undergraduate majors or minors. Admission criteria typically involve assessing performance on UG courses or through entrance examinations conducted at national or university levels.

“A student is eligible for a PG programme in a discipline corresponding to either a major or minor(s) discipline in the UG programme. In this case, the university can admit students to the PG programme based on the student’s performance in the UG programme or through an entrance examination,” states the UGC PG programme framework.

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