Pursuing Two Academic Programmes Simultaneously

University Grants Commission (UGC) has framed the Guidelines for pursuing 2 (two) Academic Programmes simultaneously other than Ph.D Programme in all the Universities and their affiliated Colleges or Institutions, download the Guidelines.
  • Equivalence of degree obtained through ODL and obtained through Conventional mode.


Pursuing Two Academic Programmes Simultaneously

Students Pursuing Academic Programmes other than Ph.D.

The Secretary, University Grants Commission
D.O. No. 1-6/2007 (CPP-II) (New)    Date: 13.04.2022


University Grants Commission
Ministry of Education, Government of India
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110 002
Phone No. 011-23236288
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E-mail ID: secy.ugc@nic.in
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Respected Madam/Sir, 
The NEP (National Education Policy) 2020 sates that pedagogy must evolve to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery- oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible and of course, enjoyable. The policy envisions imaginative and flexible curricular structures to enable creative combinations of disciplines for study, that would offer multiple entry and exit points, thus, removing currently prevalent rigid boundaries and creating new possibilities for life-long learning and centrally involve critical and interdisciplinary thinking.

With the rapid increase in demand for higher education and limited availability of seat in regular steam, several HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) have started a number of programmes in ODL (Open and Distance Learning) mode to meet the aspirations of students. It has also led to the emergence of online education programmes which a student can pursue within the comforts of her/his home. The issue of allowing the students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously has been examined by the Commission keeping in view the provisions envisaged in the National Education Policy-NEP 2020 which emphasizes the need to facilitate multiple pathways to learning involving both formal and non-formal education modes.

In view of above, UGC (University Grants Commission) has framed the guidelines for pursuing two academic programmes simultaneously which are attached herewith.

All the universities and their affiliated colleges/institutions are requested to implement these guidelines for the benefit of the students.

With kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Sd/-Prof. Rajnish Jain 
Secretary,UGC
Date: 13.04.2022

Guidelines for Pursuing two Academic Programmes Simultaneously

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Equivalence of degree obtained through ODL & Conventional mode

Public Notice
The Secretary, University Grants Commission
F.No.3-5/2022(DEB-III)   Date: 02.09.2022

Equivalence of degree obtained through ODL and obtained through conventional mode

The Regulation 22 of University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations 2020 stipulates as under;

''Equivalence of qualification acquired through Conventional or Open and Distance Learning and Online modes. Degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level in conformity with UGC notification on Specification of Degrees 2014 and post graduate diplomas awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode and /or Online mode by Higher Educational Institutions, recognised by the Commission under these regulations, shall be treated as equivalent to the corresponding awards of the Degree at undergraduate and postgraduate level and postgraduate diplomas offered through conventional mode.''

This is for information of the general public, students and other stakeholders.

Sd/- Rajnish Jain
Secretary, University Grants Commission