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Applying online courses will soon require Aadhaar as well

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Source: Thought Technology Ltd

Aadhaar may be mandatory for searching for all online courses and only universities that have been in existence for at least five years are allowed to offer such courses in accordance with the draft UGC standards.

The draft of University Scholarship Commission (Online Education), 2017 says there will be continuous assessment, even in online courses. The regulatory authority has invited comments and feedback on the draft before 18 August.

According to the draft regulation, online courses will be in accordance with the guidelines of the UGC on the choice of credit system based on the system of conventional universities.

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By “quality” and “responsibility”, institutions offering online courses will have to undergo third-party audits every two years. According to eligibility criteria for an institution to be recognized for online programs, the higher education institution (HES) should have existed as a university for at least five years and must be accredited to the National Assessment and Accreditation Board (NAAC) with a valid minimum score of 3.25 on a 4-point scale.

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