AICTE and ODL(Online Distance Learning). What's there in the new guideline amendment?

Updated: May 6

What's new?

Institutions can now offer a wide variety of full-fledged courses online. Previously, only institutions that had been in operation for at least five years were permitted to begin ODL education. This guideline has been updated.

Who can offer ODL now?

Universities that have graduated at least two batches will now offer the programmes, according to the revised guidelines. Also, institutions with a NAAC score of 3.26 or that are ranked in the top-100 in the university category of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) can offer full-fledged online and distance learning courses.

What are the allowed ODL courses/fields?

courses in management and related fields, computer applications, artificial intelligence and data science, logistics, and other fields.

Other details

These institutions should create an account on the AICTE website and send all related data about faculty, students, and affidavits on an annual basis. In traditional or normal mode, an institute could enrol a maximum of three times the sanctioned intake of a particular programme. The approved intake for ODL and online programmes should get permission from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for intake requirements from time to time, according to the new guidelines.

When did the new rules come into effect?

March 3, 2021

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