Proposed UGC Guidelines Encompass a One-Year Postgraduate Program for Graduates with 4-Year Undergraduate Degrees


Enhanced Flexibility in UGC Draft Norms: One-Year Master’s Option for Four-Year UG Graduates and Freedom to Switch Disciplines or Learning Modes for PG Students

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is exploring the possibility of permitting students with a four-year undergraduate degree to enroll in a one-year master’s program, aligning with the suggestions outlined in the new National Education Policy (NEP).

In pursuit of increased flexibility for students, the UGC has formulated a curriculum and credit framework for postgraduate (PG) courses. These recommendations are anticipated to be disclosed to the public in the near future.

As per the draft norms, postgraduate students will have the freedom to alter their disciplines or choose from various learning modes, encompassing offline, distance, online, and hybrid models.

Adaptability in Disciplinary Transition:

Eligibility for a master’s program is determined by the alignment with major or minor disciplines from the students’ undergraduate program. Admission may also be contingent on successful performance in entrance examinations.

Graduate Early: Alternative Pathways in Two-Year PG Programs

Participants in a two-year PG program will have the opportunity to conclude their studies after the first year and receive a postgraduate diploma.

Broader Qualification Criteria

Individuals with degrees in STEM subjects from four-year UG, three-year UG, two-year PG, or five-year integrated UG-PG programs may qualify for admissions into ME, MTech, and related fields.

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