Planning to enroll in ODL, online courses? Check UGC Precautionary Guidelines, Prohibited Programs

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a set of precautionary guidelines for students wishing to enroll in open and distance learning (ODL) and e-learning programs.

In a public notice, the higher education regulator advised students to follow these precautions before enrolling in programs offered under open and distance learning and online learning mode.

1. Guarantee the status of higher education institutions (HEIs):

2. Check details on HEI website:
3. Respect for the duration of the academic session:
4. Adherence to UGC Notification on Degree Specification, 2014 and subsequent amendment
5. Provide all activities within territorial jurisdiction for ODL programs
6. Prohibition of franchise agreements to offer ODL and OL programs
7. Equivalence of diplomas acquired through conventional or open distance learning and online mode

Here is a list of prohibited programs

It is prohibited to offer the programs in the following disciplines (including their related fields) in ODL mode and online:
(i) Engineering (ii) Medicine (iii) Physiotherapy (iv) Occupational therapy and other allied disciplines (v) Pharmacy (vi) Nursing (vii) Dental (viii) Architecture (ix) Law (x) Agriculture (xi) Horticulture ( xii) Hospitality Management (xiii) Restaurant Technology (xiv) Culinary Science (xv) Aircraft Maintenance (xvi) Visual Arts and Sports (xvii) any other program not authorized to be offered in open and distance learning mode and /or in online mode by any relevant statutory or regulatory body or council. Accordingly, Aviation programs and Tourism and Hospitality Management programs (in online mode) at UG and PG level are not allowed in ODL mode and/or online mode.

Besides the above, M.Phil and Ph.D. programs in all disciplines through open and distance learning and online mode are also prohibited.

Karen O. Fielding