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UGC okays two simultaneous degrees

Now, Indian students can pursue two degrees simultaneously.

University Grant Commission (UGC) has given green signal to the pursuance of  two degrees simultaneously.

According to sources,  UGC constituted an expert committee to look into the issue and the meeting was held on 29 October 2012 in the UGC head office. The meeting was attended by Furqan Qamar, vice-chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Manoj Kumar, vice-chancellor, University of Lucknow and Sudhanshu Bhushan of National University of Educational Planning and Administration.

Sources said, ‘In the meeting members discussed the pros and cons of allowing students to pursue more than one degree simultaneously. It was then decided that if a student is  enrolled in degree programme under regular mode, he or she may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one additional degree programme simultaneously under open or distance mode from the same or different university.’

The issue of awarding joint degree by universities within India was also discussed by the committee. According to sources, ‘It was felt that nothing prohibit universities to permit their students to complete a part of their programme from any other recognised university and to this extent the joint degree programme are not only permissible by the UGC but also encouraged.’

When contacted, Ved Prakash, chairman of UGC, told Millennium Post that, ‘If the students are having the flair and faculty to earn two degree simultaneously, they can go for it.’ Prakash also added that ‘We are just here to facilitate the human resources and provide them a proper platform. So after deliberation the UGC has taken this step.’

Sources also informed that Iqbal Ahmad, professor of Mathematics at Jamia Millia Islamia University could not attend the meeting. The committee was of the opinion that the minutes may be sent to the vice-chancellors of universities to obtain their comments before taking a final decision in this regard.
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