UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017

University Grants Commission notified the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 in the official Gazette on 23.06.2017. Subsequently, First, Second, Third and Fourth amendments in the UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 were notified in the official Gazette on 11.10.2017, 06.02.2018, 06.09.2018 and 06.06.2019 respectively. The Regulations and its amendments are available on UGC website and can be accessed at UGC ODL Regulation

These Regulations lay down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels, through Open and Distance Learning mode. These Regulations are in addition to and not in derogation of any other Regulations, Notifications, Guidelines or Instructions issued by the Commission from time to time. These Regulations are applicable to a University referred to under clause (f) of section 2 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, an Institution Deemed to be University under section 3 of the said Act, for all degree programmes of learning at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

After notification of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 on 23rd June, 2017, the process for granting recognitions to HEIs for offering programmes through the ODL mode was undertaken by the UGC. Under these Regulations, programme-wise recognition has been accorded to the HEIs from academic session 2018-19 and 2019-20 and onwards.Recognition Programmes

I. Type of HEIs

“Higher Educational Institution” means a university covered under clause (f) of section 2 and an institution deemed to be a university covered under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, which is imparting by means of conducting regular classes or through Open and Distance Learning systems, higher education or research therein.

Type of HEIs
Central University State University Central Open University State Open University Private University Deemed to be University

II. Types of Programmes

“Programme” means a course or programme of study leading to the award of a Degree at graduate and postgraduate levels in a higher educational institution including Certificate or Diploma or Post Graduate Diploma.

Types of Programmes
Graduate Degree Post Graduate Degree Certificate Diploma Post Graduate Diploma

III. Programmes Prohibited in ODL mode

Programmes in Engineering, Medicine, Dental, Pharmacy, Nursing, Architecture, Physiotherapy, Agriculture, Hotel management, Culinary managements and programmes not permitted to be offered in distance mode by any Statutory Councils or Regulatory Authorities to be conducted by the Higher Educational Institutions under Open and Distance Learning mode.

Letters of recognitions from Commission and other relevant statutory or regulatory authorities
Programme Details :- Name, Duration, Eligibility, Fee, Structure etc.
Programme-wise information :- syllabus, contact points for counselling, programme structure with credit points, faculty details
Date sheet for admissions, Registration, Counselling, assignments
Data of year-wise or programme-wise student enrolment details
Information about Self Learning Material (SLM) :- Faculty, Date of preparation, Sources, References etc
List of Learner Support Centres (LSCs) and Examination Centres along with the number of students appeared at examination centres
Period of admission process along with academic session and dates of the term end examinations
Report on Quality Assurance