The University Grants Commission (UGC) has permitted pursuing two academic programmes simultaneously through any of the conventional or Open and Distance Learning (ODL) or Online mode. The attendance and timing to pursue simultaneous degree, be as per local institution regulations.
Recently, UGC also clarified that all qualifications acquired through Conventional or ODL or OL are equivalent. UGC advised the universities to devise guidelines through their statutory bodies for allowing students to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously.
IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) has launched a scheme of pursuing an Undergraduate / Post-Graduate programme simultaneously. Any student who is studying in regular college can simultaneously register in ODL/OL mode of IGNOU for a UG or PG or Diploma or Certificate as per eligibility and choice. IGNOU offers 54 Masters, 14 Bachelors, 58 PG Diplomas, 25 Diplomas, 15 PG Certificates and 77 Certificate Programmes in ODL Mode and 40 Programmes through Online Mode, IGNOU Regional Director Dr P Sivaswaroop has informed.
As per NEP guidelines, IGNOU also implemented Multiple Entry and Exit facility in some of its programmes. The IGNOU admission process is Online. The admission portal for Open Distance Learning (ODL) is https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/. The admission portal for online programme is https://iop.ignouonline.ac.in/. The Re-registration for the 2nd Year and 3rd Year programme students is https://onlinerr.ignou.ac.in/.
The last date for all admission for ODL Programme, Online Programme is September 22 and for Re-registration September 17.