According to the new UGC norms, students will be able to get an undergraduate “honors” degree after completing four years of UG courses instead of three.
The Universities Grant Commission (UGC) has issued new guidelines for undergraduate courses. According to the new norms of UGC, only the candidates who will appear for 4 years of UG courses will get an “honors,” not the candidates who will appear for 3 years of UG courses.
According to a number of media reports, UGC will make the announcement today. For four-year undergraduate programmes, the curriculum and credit structure were developed in accordance with the National Education Policy.
Honors Degree After 4 years Of UG Courses
Students can achieve an undergraduate degree after completing 120 credits (measured as the amount of academic hours) in three years, and an undergraduate degree with honours after completing 160 credit points in four years.
The candidates must complete a research project during their four-year course if they wish to pursue a research specialization. The students who will do so will graduate with honors and a research-focused degree as a result.
According to the current Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS), students who have already enrolled and are studying a three-year undergraduate degree are eligible to continue in a four-year undergraduate programme.
For students to be able to move from the short programme to the long programme, the institution may offer bridge courses (including online). Currently, three years of undergraduate study are required to receive an honours degree.
Multiple Entry-Exit Option
Additionally, universities and colleges will offer four-year undergraduate degrees with a variety of departure and entry choices, as stated in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The paper stated that in order to receive a single major for the 3- or 4-year UG degree, a student had to earn at least 50% of their credits from the major discipline.