UGC has proposed a plan to allow students to pursue two full-time degrees simultaneously. Now, students will be able to pursue full-time degree/ diploma courses from the same university or different universities simultaneously. These courses can be completed in physical+ physical mode or physical+ online mode or online+ online mode. This will enable students to complete two degrees simultaneously without wasting the precious academic years of their life. The students who want to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, diplomas, or certificates can enrol for two courses simultaneously in the same or different universities. M.Phil and PhD courses have been exempted from this scheme.
Earlier, the candidates were not allowed to pursue two courses simultaneously, which meant they could enrol for the second-degree course only after the completion of the first one.
The time schedule for the two courses should not coincide with each other. This means if a candidate enrols in a degree course in a day college/institute/ university then the second course must be either morning or evening shift. They can also enrol for one course in physical mode and another in online mode. Lastly, students will be able to enrol for two courses in online mode simultaneously as well.
Earlier, the National Education Policy (2020) has proposed to allow the students to pursue two different degree courses simultaneously from different universities. Now, the UGC is working on it and has already come up with a proposal. The formal guidelines has been released by the UGC on their official website.
1. A student can pursue two full time academic programmes in physical mode provided that in such cases, class timings for one programme do not overlap with the class timings of the other programme.
2. A student can pursue two academic programmes, one in full time physical mode and another in Open and Distance Learning (ODL)/Online mode; or up to two ODL/Online programmes simultaneously.
3. Degree or diploma programmes under ODL/Online mode shall be pursued with only such HEIs (Higher Education Institute) which are recognized by UGC/Statutory Council/Govt. of India for running such programmes.
4. Degree or diploma programmes under these guidelines shall be governed by the Regulations notified by the UGC and also the respective statutory/professional councils, wherever applicable.
5. These guidelines shall come into effect from the date of their notification by the UGC. No retrospective benefit can be claimed by the students who have already done two academic programmes simultaneously prior to the notification of these guidelines.
Note : The above guidelines shall be applicable only to the students pursuing academic programs other than Ph.D. program.
Recently, UGC has announced the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) on the recommendation of NEP 2022. Under CUET, students must appear for the entrance exam and the result of their entrance test will determine their eligibility to get admission to colleges across 45 universities.
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