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UGC Recommends 1-year PG Program: Check Details

According to the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020, undergraduate degrees will either span 3 or 4 years, with corresponding certifications. These certifications include a UG certificate after completing one year in a discipline or field, a UG diploma after two years of study, or a Bachelor’s degree after a 3-year program.
NEP 2020 - Bachelor’s Degree: Attained after completing a 3-year program, NEP 2020 Structure: UG Certificate - 1 year, UG Diploma - 2 years, Bachelor’s Degree - 3 years, Masters Programs, NEP 2020 - UG Certificate: Completion of one year in a discipline,

UGC has prepared draft syllabus with credit framework. It read that the NEP encourages a preference for a 4-year multidisciplinary Bachelor's program, offering a holistic and multidisciplinary education alongside a focus on the chosen major and minors as per the student's preferences.

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For postgraduate education, the NEP 2020 makes several recommendations:

  • A 2-year program with the second year dedicated to research for those who completed the 3-year Bachelor’s program.
  • A 1-year Master’s program for those completing a 4-year Bachelor’s program with Honours/Honours with Research.
  • An integrated 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s program.
  • Universities are encouraged to offer Master’s programs in core areas like Machine Learning, as well as multidisciplinary fields such as "AI + X" and professional areas like healthcare, agriculture, and law. The National Higher Education Qualifications Framework (NHEQF) is proposed, outlining levels 6, 6.5, and 7 for Master’s programs.

The postgraduate framework aligns with the National Credit Framework (NCrF) for creditization, enabling the accumulation, storage, transfer, and redemption of credits. The master’s curriculum framework features flexibility for students to switch disciplines, opt for majors or minors, and choose courses of interest. Various modes of learning, including offline, ODL, online, and hybrid, are supported.

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Additionally, mobility and flexibility are emphasized, in line with UGC regulations and guidelines for the Academic Bank of Credits and Multiple Entry and Exit in Academic Programs.

Regarding credit requirements and eligibility for the Master’s Program:

  • A bachelor’s degree with Honours/Honours with Research is required, with a minimum of 160 credits for a 1-year/2-semester master’s program at level 6.5 on the NHEQF. 
  • A 3-year/6-semester bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 120 credits is needed for a 2-year/4-semester Master’s program at level 6.5 on the NHEQF. 
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 160 credits is necessary for a 2-year/4-semester Master’s program at level 7 of NHEQF.

Eligibility for a Master’s program is determined by a student's performance in the corresponding major or minor discipline in the UG program or through a designated entrance examination.

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Published date : 18 Nov 2023 01:45PM

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