The higher education regulator, University Grant Commission (UGC), has prohibited the facilitation of Open and distance learning degree programmes in Agriculture.
The decision was taken in the last meeting, considering, that a degree programme in agriculture is of technical in nature and it requires practicals or laboratory courses.
As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, professional programmes such as Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, Dental, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and now Agriculture are not permitted to be offered in distance mode.Under the new rule, many institutes will have to shut their distance degree programme of to above departments.
Though,To protect the interest of already enrolled students, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has decided to allow them to complete their degree courses. However, under the new guidelines no new enrolment will be taken for the upcoming academic session.