University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020      Invitation of proposals from HEIs for recognition of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Programmes and Online (OL) Programmes from 2020-21  To Submit Proposal Click Here      Invitation of applications from Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) entitled to offer Online Programmes without prior approval of UGC as per University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020.  To Submit Proposal Click Here

Institutions at a Glance


Important decisions of the Commission

Programmes prohibited in ODL Mode

Programmes prohibited in OL Mode

The University Grants Commission (Online Courses or Programmes) Regulations, 2018 under Regulation 2 sub-regulation (2) states that: These Regulations shall apply to a University referred to under clause (f) of section 2 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956), an Institution deemed to be University under section 3 of the said Act or a University established under any State Act, which are imparting higher education or research therein by means of conducting regular classes or through Open and Distance Learning systems or through online education system that result in grant of Degree or Diploma or Certificate, in various Courses or Programmes other than Courses or Programmes in engineering, law, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy, applied arts and such other Courses or Programmes not permitted to be offered through online or Open and Distance Learning mode by any other statutory or regulatory body or council.

Equivalence of Degree

Admission Taken

Admission taken in the approved Open and Distance Learning (ODL) program during the recognition period stands recognized till the completion of course even if the University does not have recognition for further years provided the programme is offered as per the UGC norms of territorial jurisdiction and in conformity with the extant guidelines and/or UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and regulations of respective regulatory bodies.


Recognised HEIs Under ODL


Recognised ODL Programmes


Category-I HEIs


Recognised HEI Under OL


Recognised OL Programmes