Mumbai: The University of Mumbai (MU)’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning will soon begin the first year admissions, as UGC has approved the university’s distance education programmes for the academic year 2020-21.
In a public notice issued last week, UGC, the apex higher education regulator, announced that it has continued the recognition of distance learning programmes at 33 universities across the country, including MU. IDOL has UGC’s approval for its 15 courses and it will start admissions for some of them, including BA, BCom, BSc Infromation Technology (IT), MA, MA Education, MCom, MSc Mathematics, MSc IT and Master of Computer Applications (MCA).
Meanwhile, the admissions to second and third year of various UG and PG courses at IDOL are already underway and will continue till October 20. As of Friday, 25,697 students have been admitted.
Last year, MU’s distance learning admissions were delayed by a month as it didn’t have UGC’s recognition. This is because the university hadn’t renewed its National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation – a mandatory requirement for universities offering distance learning courses. While the university still lacks NAAC grading, the regulator has since relaxed its norms to allow institutes featuring in National Institute Ranking Framework’s (NIRF) annual top 100 varsity lists.
As many as 68,150 students were admitted to IDOL in 2019-20.