UGC publishes list of approved distance education universities

UGC recently published a list of distance education universities approved for the 2019-2020 academic year with effect from 31 st July 2019. This covers the entire list of national open universities, state open universities and other miscellaneous universities all of which provide distance education. In the latest announcement, approval has been granted to 113 Higher Education Institutes or HEIs for the academic year 2019-2020. The list of approved courses includes both Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree courses. Degree programs approved are B.Ed, BA, BCom, BBA, BLISc, MA, MCA, MBA, MCom, MLISc,…

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Defaulting on education loan? Here are the ways to prevent it

Here are some of the measures to help you prevent a default on the loan Along with medical costs, the education cost in India has been on the rise over the years, both for secondary education and higher education. People generally take a loan to finance it. However, maintaining a loan is not always easy. For instance, similar to other types of loans, defaulting on an education loan ruins your credit score. The credit score effect is not only limited to the student, but even the parent or guarantor, who…

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Education loan not enough? Take a top-up loan

The sanctioning of an additional loan or a top-up loan depends on the bank’s policies. The value of India’s currency is continuously falling and between January to September 2018, the value of rupee has declined by 12 per cent. The depreciation of the rupee against the dollar has affected a large number of people especially who have expenses in foreign currency. People who plan on sending their children abroad for studies, or people whose wards are already studying overseas, are the ones who are hit particularly hard. People generally take…

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Seeking subsidised education loan? Check important details

As the cost of education has increased manifold in the last few years, getting an education loan has become a compulsion for those coming from the Middle Class and economically weaker sections of the society. However, getting an education loan is not an easy task. More difficult is to get the benefit of the subsidised education loan facility provided by the government. The single reason for this is the fact that not all are eligible for subsidised education loan facility provided by the government. As per the Union HRD Ministry’s…

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UGC allows all higher edu institutes to offer online courses: Is this a good move when classroom education is still filled with problems?

The UGC decision allowing higher education institutes to offer online courses could have many pros and cons. Check out the most common questions about the decision. The University Grants Commission (UGC) released a circular on January 4 inviting online applications from all from all eligible Higher Educational Institutions (HEls) to grant courses/programmes in online mode from 2019-20 academic session. This move takes forward the decision taken last year to open up HEIs to online courses to enhance access to higher education in India. But when even regular education mode with classroom teaching is…

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Bright Prospects For Open And Distance Education In Nigeria

I recall the governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, in his remark at the University of Ibadan’s 70th Foundations Day and admission to higher degrees (doctorate) and award of honourary degrees/fellowship ceremony held in the university’s International Conference Centre on Saturday, 17 December, 2018 referred to Unibadan as the intellectual capital of the nation. Interestingly, the University of Ibadan was recently ranked top 400 in World’s Medical Science. This is a true picture of the pedigree of the university, not only as the first in Nigeria but an…

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Getting Communities Involved In Education – XQ Update From iNACOL

Recently, while attending the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, there were several debates about educational innovation, including the role of technology, competency-based approaches and using data to help capture needs or improvements in our education methodologies. On one issue, everyone seemed to agree – our schools need your support. It is always easier to think to that someone else is taking care of the problem. In his book, Influence, by Robert Cialdini, he points to a scary scenario where someone is in distress in a crowded or public space. Everyone…

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Cheat India actor Emraan Hashmi: The system of our basic education is pretty useless

Emraan Hashmi says that the formal education system of India is not good enough for the growth of young minds. Actor Emraan Hashmi, who is playing the lead role in the forthcoming film Cheat India, says that the formal education system of India is not good enough for the growth of young minds and believes that such education cannot be a prerequisite for success. Asked what’s his opinion on the relevance of formal education, Emraan told IANS here: “I know some of the stupidest people on earth who had great…

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Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

Several students who enrolled into distance education programme offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai have been sent in a lurch. The distance programme offered by University of Mumbai is no longer recognized by UGC. The Distance Education Bureau, UGC released the list of approved Distance Education Institutes and their corresponding courses for the academic year 2018-19 on October 3 this year. By the time the list was released, several Open Universities and Distance Education departments had completed the admission process. Students…

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Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

  Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC New Delhi:  Several students who enrolled into distance education programme offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai have been sent in a lurch. The distance programme offered by University of Mumbai is no longer recognized by UGC. The Distance Education Bureau, UGC released the list of approved Distance Education Institutes and their corresponding courses for the academic year 2018-19 on October 3 this year. By the time the list was released, several Open…

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