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Industry Leaders React to UGC’s ODL Program Decision – An Exclusive by ObserveNow Media

The education industry witnessed its much-needed push of technology implementation during and post covid when online learning became the new normal for educators & students. The unprecedented times have given new modes of learning and new birth to open distance learning and Online learning modes.

According to the World Economic Forum, the overall market for online education is projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Whether it is language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, or online learning software, there has been a significant surge in usage since COVID-19. However, online courses were always there but since covid, adoption of online courses has seen a drastic shift.

While online courses give easy access to students from distant places to learn and grow, keeping a check at the quality of content taught in these courses is equally essential. A recent notice by the University Grants Commission (UGC) said, that central, state and private universities will no longer require prior approval from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) along with their application to UGC for offering undergraduate, postgraduate and PG diploma programmes in open distance learning or in online mode. While at the same time, they warn to stick to the courses listed in Section 2 of the UGC (ODL Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020.

This flexibility allows universities to revamp their curricula and introduce innovative courses tailored to industry needs, thereby enabling students to excel in industrial skill sets beyond the confines of traditional education setups.

Industry Perspective At a Glance!

Babu R. Prasad, Principal, JD School of Design powdered by JD Institute of Fashion Technology

While talking on the same lines, Babu R. Prasad, Principal, JD School of Design powdered by JD Institute of Fashion Technology said, “In a groundbreaking move, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that central, state, and private universities will no longer require prior approval from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for offering undergraduate, postgraduate, and PG diploma programs in open distance learning or online mode. This decision marks a significant shift towards streamlining the approval process and empowering universities to innovate in their educational offerings.”

“The move holds promise for Indian higher education on several fronts. Firstly, it eliminates bureaucratic hurdles, enabling universities to swiftly adapt to the evolving landscape of online and distance education. By removing the need for dual approvals, the UGC aims to foster a more conducive environment for innovation and experimentation in pedagogy and curriculum design”, he added.

Akhil Domodaran, Dean of Management, IILM University, Greater Noida

Adding to the historic shift, Akhil Domodaran, Dean of Management, IILM University, Greater Noida expressed his thoughts and said, “The UGC’s decision significantly benefits universities by allowing them to offer online programs, greatly expanding their reach and accessibility. Additionally, it provides working professionals with a more diverse array of program options online, enabling them to pursue degrees that may have previously been inaccessible due to their schedules and distance limitations.

“This regulatory simplification aligns with the National Education Policy 2020’s goals of increased access and inclusivity, fostering a more flexible and dynamic educational ecosystem. Now, universities can more efficiently meet the evolving educational needs of students, enhancing educational outreach and supporting lifelong learning across India”, Akhil Added.