In a move to improve their career prospects, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a proposal to allow students to pursue Two Degrees At A Time. One of the degrees has to be in the regular mode and the other either in open and distance learning or online. A student can pursue two degrees in different streams as well as from different institutions. She/He may also opt for the same institution, provided it offers multiple mode of learning.
Two Degrees At A Time
“As announced in the new National Education Policy (NEP) and in order to allow students to acquire multiple skills, the UGC has come up with new guidelines to allow a candidate to pursue two degree programs simultaneously. The degrees can either be pursued with the same or different universities,” Kumar said. “The idea is to provide as much flexibility as possible to the students. These guidelines are part of the NEP and are aimed to customise and personalise education, even allow multidisciplinary education across various domains. It is a great opportunity for students to expand their skills,” he added. The programme will be implemented from the current academic year (2022-23). Students can either opt for two degrees or a combination, for example, a degree and a diploma, from either the same university or a different institute. The guidelines are expected to be uploaded on the website of the UGC tomorrow.
Offline, Online Mode flexibility in Two Degrees At A Time
- Students can now pursue two degrees in physical-physical mode, physical-online mode or online-online mode.
- Two full-time programmes can be taken up in physical mode provided class timings do not overlap. For example, a student can pursue BCom classes in the morning and BA classes in the evening.
- Courses can be taken from the same university or from different universities.
- Students will also be allowed to pursue multidisciplinary programmes.
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