The Higher Educational Institutions will be eligible to offer Online Programmes if they have been in existence for at least five years and are accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a valid minimum score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale; and should be in the top-100 in overall category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for at least two years in the previous three years. However, NAAC and NIRF conditions shall not be applicable to existing government Open Universities till NAAC or similar accreditation system or NIRF are made available.
Aadhaar and Passport shall be used to authenticate the Indian and foreign students respectively for all online interactions including teaching-learning and examinations.
The learners’ engagement will be monitored via participation in asynchronous/synchronous discussions, assignment activity, and Programme involvement. The analytics of Learning Management System shall be used for ensuring the learner’s participation at least for 2 hours every fortnight.
Overall Regulations provide enabling provisions for maintaining the sanctity of admissions, teaching-learning, examination, the authenticity of the learner and mandatory disclosure of Programme-wise information such as duration, start & end dates, fee, number of students, the name of students with an identifier, results, on HEI website/public domain.
These regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19. This initiative is a big step towards attaining the targeted GER of 30% by the year 2020.