UGC Amends Distance Learning Guidelines To Attract More Fore


The College Grants Fee (UGC) has amended its open and distance studying pointers to encourage extra overseas college students to enroll in UGC acknowledged on-line packages by way of Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) pushed initiatives.

The UGC (Open and Distance Studying Applications and On-line Programmes) Second Modification Rules, 2022 have been notified within the gazette on July 18.

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar stated that below the 2020 rules, ‘Passport’ was the one identifier for the Worldwide college students. “MEA noticed that many purposes have been being rejected because of both submission of expired passports or non-submission of passports. Accordingly, MEA requested UGC to think about ‘any Nationwide Id with {photograph}’ and be exempted from the necessary requirement of Passport as a way to safe admission within the Indian College below the e- VidyaBharati (tele-education) mission,” Kumar stated.

The amended rules will now allows the overseas college students, who take admissions by way of MEA, to submit “any nationwide identification with {photograph} of their nation of residence” for authentication.

The MEA provides scholarships to the African college students below the Middle’s e-VidyaBharati (tele-education) mission. The mission goals to supply not less than 15,000 scholarships to African college students over a interval of 5 years. The UGC acknowledged/entitled On-line Applications are provided on e-VidyaBharati Portal and the scholars are admitted by way of MEA.

Kumar stated that the modification will solely be relevant for college students enrolling on UGC platforms by way of MEA. “This Modification is anticipated to enhance the variety of enrolments of the Worldwide learners in on-line packages,” he added.

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