New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Soon students will be able to purse two degrees simultaneously in same or different streams after the University Grants Commission (UGC) gave its nod to this proposal, reported news agency PTI.

According to the PTI report, one of the two degrees will have to be pursued through regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning (ODL).

UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said that an official notification will be issued soon in this regard.

"The proposal was approved in the recent commission meeting for simultaneous dual degrees for students in India, allowing students to complete courses in the same or different streams at the same time. One of the two degrees, however, has to be through regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning," UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said, as quoted by news agency PTI.

A panel, led by Vice Chairman Bhushan Patwardhan, was formed last year to examine the issue of pursuing two degree programmes simultaneously from the same university or different universities either through distance mode, online mode or part-time mode.

The UGC in 2012 had also set up a panel on the same issue but it had rejected the proposal. Furqan Qamar, Vice Chancellor of the Hyderabad University, headed the committee back then.

Qamar had recommended that a student enrolled in a degree programme under regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one additional degree programme simultaneously under open or distance mode from the same or a different university.

"However, two degree programmes under regular mode may not be allowed simultaneously as it may create logistic, administrative and academic problems. A student pursuing a degree programme under regular mode may be allowed to pursue a maximum of one certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, PG diploma programme simultaneously either in regular or open and distance mode in the same university or from other institutions," the panel report had then said.

"The commission had then sought comments of the statutory councils on the committee's report and the responses received did not endorse the idea of allowing students to pursue multiple degree programmes simultaneously. Hence the plan did not take off," said UGC officials, as reported by PTI.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma