AN EDUCATIONAL FIRM INITIATES INDIA’S FIRST ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM, COLLABS WITH OP JINDAL UNIVERSITY AND JAMIA HAMDARD
An online degree is anticipated to be similar in academic rigor through combined learning programs, live lessons, and tutorial sessions.
Just after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declared that the top 100 universities in India would be authorized to offer online programs, and online education firm upgrade has confirmed a slew of the e-degree programs over a blended scheme.
With Jamia Hamdard University, the upgrade will be giving online-offline blended BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) and BCA (Bachelor of Computer Application) degrees to school pass-outs as well as MBA and MCA degree programs.
To date, fully online degrees were not accessible in India. Most programs proposed online were certificate programs or short-term monthly courses.
While the fee structure is being marked final, Mayank Kumar, co-founder & MD of the upgrade, asserted that the MCA/BBA programs will be priced at a range of Rs 40,000-50,000 per annum. Delhi based Jamia Hamdard was ranked 21st among Indian institutes as per the MHRD’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020.
It has also joined hands with OP Jindal Global University (JGU), for two Master’s programs – a one-year LL.M. in Corporate & Financial Law and a two-year MBA in Digital Finance and Banking sector. The LLM and MBA will cost between Rs 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh per annum, asserted Kumar.
Ronnie Screwvala, Executive Chairman & co-founder, upgrade, told the lasting global crisis calls for advancement on a recurring explanation, particularly amid the online education area which appears to be the only way ahead, owing to its robustness and accessibility.
To boost its foothold in the higher education demand which is calculated to witness 41 million registrations by 2022, the upgrade has earmarked a comprehensive budget of Rs 150 Cr for this new enterprise.
Further, it is foreseen that other non-academic expenditures incurred at campuses at an offline course associated with access to hostel and mess can also be conserved by e-degrees. Also, there won’t be any territorial restrictions for seeking an online degree program.
Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University, noted that online knowledge will be the ‘new normal’ for the upcoming years.
Till now, there was a hesitancy to pursue programs online because they used to generally be certificate courses. But an online degree will be regaled on par as a regular offline degree course, he added.
These programs will be mixed online courses, implying, there will be live classes, tutorial sessions as well as boot camps for communication between students.
It is a beginning. The COVID catastrophe has fetched in some sort of urgency and attention to the medium of online being a very helpful and highly permeable one asserted said Ronnie Screwvala, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of an upgrade.
Upgrade witnessed a 360% leap in users in the COVID lockdown duration, related to the last quarter. upgrade decides that the culm, nation rate for such classes also noticed growth. Today, online is enabling us to reach tier 2, 3, 4, and tier 5 cities. This comprises the large rural portion as well. The blended strategy that online learning allows us to be able to furnish access to the best institutes across rural India, said Screwvala.
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