New Delhi: Union Government has formulated and implemented various plans to reduce the loss of students’ education in recent lockdown period.
Norms have been relaxed to allow more institutes to offer open and distance learning courses to make-up for loss due to lock down period.
University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified the revised UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020 for inclusion of more universities in September, 2020 by bringing down the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score and universities ranking norms under National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF).
These details are available on University Grants Commission (UGC)’s website at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/221580.pdf.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has notified comprehensive guidelines in March, 2021 in order to relax the norms for making ODL & On-line education more accessible by technical institutions for courses such as management and allied areas, computer applications, artificial intelligence and data science in the engineering & technology domain.
Forty two new universities (On-line mode) and fifty one institutions (ODL and Online mode) respectively were allowed to offer various programmes.
Further, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) also opened 583 new study centres in various states from October, 2020 to June, 2021 to provide better facilities to the students
This information was given by Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.