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UGC asks academic institutions to share roadmap for online classes

On Thursday, the UGC asked academic institutions to provide for a roadmap to initiate online courses, in view of the pandemic.

UGC asks academic institutions to share roadmap for online classes
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On Thursday, September 24, the UGC asked academic institutions to provide for a roadmap to initiate online courses, in view of the pandemic.

Several colleges and universities in India might start full-fledged online degree programmes beginning January 2021. The roadmap to the same would provide a concrete e-learning material and a full-fledged programme delivery through the internet using technology-assisted mechanism and resources.

The UGC further added that the colleges and universities can apply for offering programmes through the online mode, provided they are in existence for at least three years and has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.01 on a 4-point scale. However, this cannot be approved through the automatic route, but after proper invigilation and review by the regulator.

Mumbai University had earlier released details with regards to conducting online classes for the academic year 2020-21. In a bid to conduct the process smoothly, teachers had been asked to divide each subject into four quadrants, which are video lectures, specially prepared reading material that can be downloaded and printed, self-assessment tests through tests and quizzes and an online discussion forum to clear all doubts of students who are being taught through this e-learning method.

Moreover, the circular has stated that in case any student is struggling to participate in online lectures due to lack of equipment, for an example, fast internet connection, colleges should further make these lectures available on YouTube or Facebook so that it can be accessed easily.

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