The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has recently notified that it will initiate the dual degree programme under which students who are already pursuing any degree from any other university, will also be able to enroll themselves in pursuing another degree programme of IGNOU in an Online and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The university has taken the decision in its 78th academic council meeting and this provision will be implemented for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. However, the courses that fall under the ambit of regulatory bodies like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) and the Indian Nursing Council (INC) haven’t been included in the dual degree programme.
Speaking to Education Times, Nageshwar Rao, vice-chancellor, IGNOU, says, “The dual degree programme has been introduced by us to broaden the academic choices for students and to increase enrolment. Due to the provision of dual degree programme, students will be able to think beyond their conventional chosen stream. For instance, any student pursuing a degree programme in Science from any other university will be able to pursue a degree programme in Commerce from IGNOU in an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. This decision to introduce dual degree programme is a step towards adopting a multidisciplinary approach to education which is one of the objectives of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. Students will become innovative and broad knowledged in their approach if they go beyond one discipline by simultaneously pursuing a dual degree programme in some other course which is important for their overall holistic development. The knowledge about two different streams will broaden the career options for students and enhance their employability. During the current times, job market requires professionals with varied knowledge and hence an additional PG or a UG degree will be beneficial to the students.”
“However, technical courses falling under the ambit of regulatory bodies like AICTE, NCTE and INC have not been included in dual degree programme,” informs Rao.
“We have introduced dual degree programme in conformity with the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC),” adds Rao.
Source: Times of India