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UGC Doubles The Credit Limit For Online Courses

UGC: revised guidelines

UGC doubled the credit limit for online courses from 20% to 40%. The move was made to encourage students to adopt relevant online courses as part of their UG and PG courses at the university. UGC assures that attending these courses would be equivalent to attending physical lectures. UGC doubled the credit limit for online courses, will it benefit the students or burden them? Let’s shed some light on the facts and plan of action.

UGC doubled credit limit for online courses
Credits can be earned from MOOCs and online college lectures.

UGC’s Expert Committee | Online Courses

An expert committee has been set up by the UGC to account for courses already on the platform and map them with MOOCs which can be a part of the course. MOOCs are Massive Open Online Course which aims at unlimited participation and open access via the web. They are also responsible to identify subjects that don’t have MOOCs. They would create content for the same.

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The First Phase | UGC’s plan of action

It is proposed to make undergraduate level MOOCs in six subjects (history, political science, commerce, sociology, public administration, and anthropology). The standards for these MOOCs would be of high standards and the committee aims to make courses comparable to “international standard”.


In NEP 2020, there was a mention of an Academic Bank of Credits. The aim would be to compile academic credits earned by a student from various educational institutes. Degrees from a Higher Education Institute can be awarded taking into account the credits earned by a student.

Online Courses | Wise Choice?

This step seems to aim the widen the horizon of the students. Online classes are ineffective sometimes due to various reasons. Online courses that can be taken on students’ schedules can be a potential to engage students effectively in their UG and PG courses. However, access to these courses to places with low internet connectivity has not been addressed yet. India lacks infrastructure for online classes, and authorities need to address this problem to make education accessible to all.

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