UGC bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. “The Union Agriculture Ministry had referred the matter to the Commission, requesting it to consider prohibiting universities from offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) degree programmes in agriculture,” a senior commission official said. As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017, professional programmes…

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