University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Third Amendment Regulations, 2018

Sep 07, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on September 06, 2018 has made Third Amendments to the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017.

In the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 the following changes have been made:

                     in regulation 3(1), which gives the conditions to be fulfilled by Higher Educational Institutions offering programmes in open and distance learning mode, for clause (viii), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:-

“(viii) The Higher Educational Institution has completed five years of existence:

Provided that the Higher Educational Institutions shall submit an undertaking to the effect that it will attain a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale before the end of academic session July 2019-June 2020, failing which, the Commission shall not accord any approval to the Open and Distance Learning Programmes of the Higher Educational Institutions:

Provided further, that this clause shall not be applicable to Open Universities till the time they become eligible for NAAC accreditation and it shall be mandatory for Open Universities to get NAAC accreditation within one year of their becoming eligible for the same:

Provided further, that an institution Deemed to be a University so declared by the Central Government shall offer the Open and Distance Learning courses or programmes as per the extant Deemed to be a University Regulations and other relevant Regulations notified by the University Grants Commission from time to time and after due inspection of the off-campus centres or study centres or both as applicable, are found adequate”.

                     in Annexure X which gives provisions for competencies of Counselor in a Learner Support Centre, for paragraph 6, the following paragraph shall be substituted, namely:-

“6. Deployment of manpower and other support at Study or Learner Support Centres

The Study Centres or Learner Support Centres shall be headed by a Coordinator, not below the rank of an Assistant Professor and shall be augmented with academic and non-academic staff depending on the number of learner, assigned for adequate support to the learners. There shall not be any restrictions in the capacity of intake in Open and Distance Learning programme at the Learning Support Centre or Study Centre and Main campus. The capacity of intake per programme should be commensurate with the available qualified faculty in relevant area, well equipped laboratory, library, online connectivity and Information and Communication Technology facilities, and appropriate infrastructure, along with the following:

(i)                  Number of qualified counselor to number of students shall be 1:100 per theory course;

(ii)                Number of qualified supervisors per practical course of 2 credits: 1 or more;

(iii)               Availability of laboratory: The laboratory should be in a recognised Higher Educational Institution running a similar course in conventional mode for a period of not less than 3 years”.

These Amendment Regulations shall come into the force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette, that is September 06, 2018.

Read the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 here.

[F. No. 2-4/2018 (DEB-I)]



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