Central Universities like Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will now be able to offer Bachelor and Master courses virtually, as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved online degree programmes in 38 universities across the country.
These higher educational institutions will not need any prior approval from UGC to offer these courses online.
While Jamia Millia Islamia will offer Master of Arts (Education) and Master of Arts (Public Administration) in online mode, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will offer Master of Arts in Sanskrit.
The Mizoram University will offer four online degree programmes, while the University Of Jammu will offer Master Of Arts (English) and Master Of Commerce. The Symbiosis International University will run Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance and Accounts) and Bachelor of Science (Honours-Economics).
The UGC has allowed 15 deemed to be universities, 13 state universities, and three central universities to offer online degree programmes. The list of universities also includes three private universities- OP Jindal Global University, Chandigarh University and Manipal University.
Earlier, the universities were asked to submit applications to UGC for permission to offer online programmes in 2020-21. The university will be able to offer online degree programmes as long as they follow UGC regulations.
“Online applications had been invited from all entitled HEls willing to offer programmes under online mode for the year 2020-21. Each HEI was required to submit an affidavit for ensuring compliance to all the provisions of the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020,” the UGC statement said.