A senior ministry official mentioned, “The plan is at a nascent stage. Since there aren’t any rules for digital universities, these must be framed first.” The plan is a part of the imaginative and prescient laid down in NEP 2020 which envisages to realize Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of fifty% by 2030 in greater schooling from the current 26%.
As per College Grants Fee’s directive of September, establishments accredited by the Nationwide Evaluation and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with minimal rating of three.26 on a 4-point scale and within the Prime-100 in general class within the Nationwide Institutional Rating Framework (NIRF) for no less than twice in three previous cycles are allowed to start out full-fledged on-line programmes with out prior approval in most of three undergraduate programmes and ten postgraduate programmes.
Additionally as of now, establishments in existence for no less than three years with minimal rating of three.01 on a 4-point scale or within the Prime-100 in college class in NIRF for no less than as soon as within the final two previous cycles are eligible to use. Establishments are allowed to supply solely these diploma programmes which it has already been providing in typical mode of classroom educating and with none sensible or laboratory necessities.
“The mannequin in place is a hybrid one, which suggests a traditional or an open college can provide solely round 40% of its programs on a web-based platform. The federal government is planning digital universities solely for on-line programs,” mentioned a authorities supply, including that the Centre, state or personal gamers can arrange digital universities, as soon as permitted. Based on ministry officers, whereas the supply of the programmes will probably be utterly on-line, , “for examinations there are a number of choices that must be explored”.
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