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Explain the change
Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, President of UGC, says: “Now, students can pursue two degrees simultaneously in physics mode, one in physics and the other in online mode or both in online mode. This will encourage multidisciplinary education in all fields. For example, a student of
However, before choosing the second degree program, students should assess whether the additional academic effort required will in any way affect the preparation required for the primary degree course. “Only students who have the necessary academic preparation should opt for two degrees. Also, the choice of the second degree should be made based on what the student wants to do in the future,” says Kumar.
Each university has its own admission policy and academic rules and regulations. “HIS should make student-friendly changes, students who choose to pursue two degrees in different institutes should understand the policies of each institute before making the decision,” Kumar adds.
Already in place
Deepankar Choudhury, Professor and Director, Civil Engineering,
This course “overload” forces students to take between three and eight hours of extra preparation time per week per semester. Students who opt for these additional courses earn a degree in the chosen major, with additional credits in the additional courses, which would help them in their respective careers. Since its inception, approximately 10% of top performing students have opted for these additional courses, while approximately 5% may complete with these additional credits.
Giving a similar option to UG students in all disciplines is a very good way to go. “Students, parents and educators need to become more vigilant so that students are able to make a more informed choice of their higher education path,” adds Choudhury.
A senior educator from the University of Delhi (DU), on condition of anonymity, shares his apprehensions. “Opting for two degrees simultaneously, one in physical mode and the other in distance mode is always possible but pursuing two degrees offline at the same time seems difficult. Attendance management, extra work pressure, and not prioritizing required academic effort are a few immediate concerns,” the educator explains. The case must be presented to the academic board of DU and the administration is not yet sure of the way forward, he adds.