Students who complete a 4-year UG course with research with a minimum CGPA of 7.5 are eligible for admission to a PhD.

UGC has released the curriculum framework and credit system for the four-year University of Groningen programs with a major restructuring in higher education. The recent guidelines emphasize flexibility in choosing programs with a creative combination of disciplines and holistic-multidisciplinary courses for students without hard divisions between arts and sciences, curricular and extracurricular activities, vocational and academic streams and extensive use of technologies in the teaching and learning process with improved access to Divyang students.

According to the new structure of higher education, the University of Groningen programs have a duration of 3 or 4 years, with multiple entry and exit points and opportunities for re-entry within this period. Certificates are awarded to the program for each endpoint, including a certificate after completing one year in the chosen fields of study, or, a diploma after 2 years, or a bachelor’s diploma after obtaining a 3-year or, a bachelor’s degree with honors or research after completing 4 years in the field.

For master’s degrees, there is a 2-year master’s program of which the second year is entirely devoted to research for students who have completed the 3-year bachelor’s program, or a 1-year master’s program for those who have completed 4 years of RUG programs with research.

The draft guideline also says that students who complete 4 years of UG coursework with a minimum CGPA of 7.5 are eligible for admission to a PhD. However, students who have completed a 1-year master’s degree after 4 years in the UG program, with a total score of 55 percent, can also be admitted to PhD programs.

In addition, a credit system will be introduced in the new education system, the guideline proposes. The credit system will provide students with flexibility to move from one disciplinary field of study to another or from one institution to another within the duration of study by obtaining the required credits in the chosen disciplines, facilitating multiple entry and exit opportunities . It will also strengthen the multidisciplinary nature of education and facilitate the transition to alternative forms of learning.

Under the UGC framework, a semester consists of 90 working days and an academic year is divided into two semesters with 40 hours of work per week. An eight week summer term may be offered whose course schedule may be determined by the respective institutions.

Internship or internship can be conducted during the summer term for students who choose to drop out after two or four semesters.

The committee also proposes to include credit-based courses in community engagement and service, environmental education, and values-based education. Global citizenship education and education for sustainable development will also be an integral part of the course structure. The guideline also provides research and internship opportunities for students from local industry and business.

UGC also invites suggestions or feedback from all stakeholders on the draft framework for April 4, 2022.

Also Read: UGC Draft Guidelines for PhD Admissions, Invites Suggestions for March 31, 2022

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