Soon universities in India will be able to offer joint degree programmes, as an expert committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has submitted its recommendations for the same. The committee has suggested that there is nothing wrong if two good universities in the country offer joint programmes.
The report submitted to the UGC will open the door to Indian institutions for tie-ups. But, the report has also suggested that the views of Vice Chancellors should be obtained before implementing the system as universities needed to enter into MoUs to offer such programmes.
“It will be a good move, but it needs to be implemented with some caution to avoid misuse. It will help in exposing students to different academic environments, enabling them to make use of the specialisations available in those particular universities,” said P Jayaprakash Rao, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE).
The Committee also suggested that a student enrolled in a degree programme under the regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one additional degree programme simultaneously, under distance mode from the same or a different university, reported The Hindu.