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Ed-tech companies can collaborate with universities to build e-courses.

Under a plan of significant improvement by the University Grants Commission, ed-tech corporations will soon be able to “work collaboratively” with higher education institutions offering online undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to both, create course materials and other content and carry out the online assessment.


The proposed reforms, according to UGC head M. Jagadesh Kumar, are focused on providing additional flexibility for schools and universities and utilizing the digital tools available in the rapidly increasing ed-tech area. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed as the chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the country’s most prestigious higher education regulatory authority, and also, he is the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University,


“Under amendments to the UGC (Online educational Degrees and Online Courses) Regulations, 2020, institutions and colleges offering online Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes will be allowed and permitted to collaborate and engage with ed-tech portals in creating course material, Administrative and financial Rules,” Kumar mentioned.


The new draught regulations are likely to be made available for feedback and opinions from the public and other officials in the first week of March 2022.


M. Jagadesh Kumar further stated that the authorities expect to permit extremely high-profile private institutions to provide online degrees, beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year. The flexibilities will apply to national and specialized institutions that are among the list of 100 NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) rank holders twice within the past three years or have a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rating of a minimum of 3.26.


Only higher education institutions and their associated universities that meet these criteria are now permitted to grant online degrees. Currently, 59 institutions offer 120 undergraduate degrees, 29 postgraduate degrees, and two postgraduate diploma degrees online, with 15% being scientific degrees, 50% being business management, and 35% being part of the curriculum.


 


The effort to regulate the ed-tech corporation’s role in digital education and online learning emerges when the government is encouraging industry stakeholders to be more public in their operations.


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