The University Grants Commission (UGC) in its 538th meeting extended its list of courses that are to be prohibited under distant education. The Commission has asked the higher education institutes not to grant ‘professional’ degrees in some courses.

As per the norms degrees in courses related to agriculture, engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy  will not be granted in distant mode.

However some relaxation is given to the students already enrolled to the agriculture degree programme, but no new enrollments will be permitted from the 2019 academic session.

Furthermore, UGC has also emphasized on the timeline of the universities offering open distance learning. From now onward the academic sessions should begin by January and the second session by July, the corresponding admissions should end by the end of February and August respectively.

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