The University Grants Commission (UGC) on May 24, 2018 approved new regulations for online courses by universities. The commission decided that the higher educational institutions and universities will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online from the upcoming academic session.
1. The Institutions can offer online programmes in those disciplines in which they are already offering the same or similar programmes in regular or open and distance learning.
2. The examinations would be conducted in proctored mode and in conformity with any norms for such examinations stipulated by the commission.
3. The Institutions will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except the ones that require practical or laboratory classes including engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy.
4. The online learning shall have minimum four quadrants, video lectures, e-content, self-assessment and a discussion forum to clarify doubts.