Universities can only offer open and distance learning courses that adhere to all requirements after receiving approval from the UGC, which it has accepted as a regulation amendment.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended the college autonomy regulations, requiring universities to obtain UGC approval before launching open and distance learning (ODL) courses. The UGC has approved the amendment regarding graded autonomy.
UGC Approves ODL Programs
“Universities may offer courses in the open and distance learning modes with the approval of the commission, provided it satisfies all the conditions laid down under the regulations, by whatever name they are called, pertaining to the open and distance learning modes as notified by the UGC from time to time,” state the new college autonomy guidelines.
Regulations created by the commission in accordance with the authority granted by the University Grants Commission Act of 1956 have amended the University Grants Commission (Categorization of Universities (Only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy) Regulations, 2018.
The University Grants Commission (Categorization of Universities (only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2022, were notified in the Indian Gazette on November 18, 2022, and they stated that the Commission would consider the University Grants Commission (Categorization of Universities (only) for Grant of Graded Autonomy) Regulations, 2018, at its 562nd meeting on October 28, 2022, and approve the amendment to the Regulations.
Prior to this, as long as they complied with all requirements, universities were allowed by the regulations governing graded autonomy to start ODL courses without the commission’s approval. Candidates for the UGC are advised to frequently check the official website to get the most recent information on exams and other events.