New Delhi: Prof. Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC)-GoI, who was the keynote guest of the Roundtable – “Enhancing Competitiveness and Quality Revolution in Indian Higher Education ( IHE), informed that the UGC has partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to ensure that students in the most remote areas can access online teaching facilities. “We work in a multi-dimensional way to ensure that education reaches the last student in the most remote area. So we signed with MeitY because they have a large number of Common Service Centers (CSC). Any student can enter these centers, pay a nominal monthly fee and access digital universities,” he said. The event was organized by the industry’s peak body, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
Professor Kumar gave an overview of the various initiatives undertaken by the Government of India to develop and improve higher education in the country. “The introduction of the Common Undergraduate University Entrance Test (CUET-UG) 2022 has been well received by students and stakeholders. A large number of students, about 14.9 lakhs have registered for this exam, which is only next to NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test),” he said. NEET and JEE, he added: “This is an idea that we are proposing so that there is a wider discussion among stakeholders. We have not taken any formal decision on this.
The head of the UGC also answered numerous questions from the vice-chancellors present at the round table. He revealed that nearly 550 universities have registered with the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) for higher credits. “Thousands of students who take online courses benefit from the transfer of credits to the host university where they study online,” he said, adding: “Currently, students can take up to 40% of credits required in a program, but once we announce online regulations and establish the digital university, there will be exponential growth in online education.”