How online degrees will set the quality benchmark in Indian education

By - February 10, 2020


February 10, 2020

Post Budget 2020, online education in HEIs will help students harness the benefits of convenience and versatility in skill and career upgradation

With Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announcing in her Budget 2020 speech that the top 100 educational institutions in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) will be offering full-fledged degree programmes online, the focus now is on providing quality education across the spectrum, more specifically to the deprived sections of the society. However, the infrastructure will be critical to ensure the wider reach and seamless delivery of the content.

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Bhushan Patwardhan, vice chairman of UGC, says that the online degree programmes are aimed at improving the country's gross enrolment ratio (GER) in higher education, and UGC will strictly verify the degrees offered online to avoid any compromise with the quality. "The industries are no longer interested in vanilla degrees, as they want professionals with relevant skills and knowledge. The online curriculum will have to be of high quality to make the students job-ready, otherwise, the increase in enrolment ratio will serve no purpose," he says.

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