Government is planning to make the Aadhaar card compulsory for the students who plan on pursuing the online courses in near future. Also, only the universities, which are older than 5 years will be allowed to offer online courses, according to the draft of UGC (online education) Regulation 2017.
According to the reports from TOI, the draft states that continuous assessment will be conducted in online courses. UGC has also invited comments and feedbacks on the draft, latest by August 18.
Universities will only be able to offer those courses in online mode which are being taught in the classrooms in the university and if the number of learners crosses the mark of 500 then there has to be one teaching assistant, which needs to be different from full-time director, assistant registrar and other academic staff.
Also, the universities, which are planning to offer the online courses will have to pass through the two stages of approval and it is mandated for them to go undergo third party audit every two years.
It is also required that the university is recognized by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.25 on the scale of 4.