Soon, exam reward for distance learning SC/ST students

Worried at the low pass percentage among Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students pursuing higher education through open and distance learning (ODL) mode, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is proposing changes to tackle the problem, including rolling out a new scheme. One of the changes proposed relates to the tuition fee. Students belonging to the SC and ST communities currently get a 50% waiver in the tuition fee at the time of admission in ODL programmes offered by government institutions. The remaining 50% paid by them is returned…

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University Grants Commission bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.(Thinkstock) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. “The Union agriculture ministry had referred the matter to the commission, requesting it to consider prohibiting universities from offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) degree programmes in agriculture,” a senior commission…

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SNDT university opens distance learning programmes for transgenders

While applying for a Masters of Commerce course at the University of Mumbai in 2008-09, Sonalee Chaukekar, a programme manager at Kinnar Maa Ek Samajik Sanstha, a group representing the transgender community, marked the gender column in the admission form as female. This year, when she registers for the post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) at SNDT Women’s University’s distance learning programme, she will have the option of ticking the ‘others’ box. Chandrakant Puri, director, Centre for Distance Education, SNDT Women’s University, said only transwomen (male to female) will…

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IGNOU To Be Exempt From UGC’s Distance Learning Norms: Commission Requests HRD Ministry To Issue Directions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has agreed to relax its distant learning regulations for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), which offers open and distance learning programmes in various streams, reports Deccan Herald. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has reportedly been requested to issue a directive to keep the open-university outside the ambit of UGC (open and distance learning) Regulations, 2017 as a special case. Taking note of the contributions made by IGNOU “in various areas of national importance and relevance” by providing “quality” distance education with an outreach across the…

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