A student at a time can pursue only one undergraduate degree
as per University Grants Commission (UGC). It's consulting the options of
allowing students to undertake two degrees but it's still not yet received a
positive response. This was confirmed by UGC on January 19.
According to UGC, they are thinking upon the comments of the
statutory councils but the responses are not favorable i.e. to allow students
to undertake two degrees at a time.
Jaspal S Sandhu (UGC Secretary) said that all the
universities shall have to follow the norms and procedures laid by UGC and
conduct their First Degree and Master Degree Regulations along with the
parameters prescribed by statutory regulations.
An expert committee of UGC in 2013 suggested that students
should be allowed to enroll in a degree under open or distance education mode
along with their regular degree from the same university or different one.
As the name suggests, UGC was set up by the Indian Union
government in 1956 and it acts as a statutory body. It has its headquarters in
New Delhi with regional centers in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati