4 central universities shortlisted to become centers for the national digital university

A total of four central universities have been shortlisted to become the hub or place from which the National Digital University will operate. These include India’s highest ranked institute according to NIRF ranking – IIT Madras, Delhi University (DU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

According to reports, discussions are ongoing in the Ministry of Education (MoE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for the new digital university to be established in the next academic term. It will be introduced in a hub-and-spoke model with degrees awarded by NDU and sought-after programs offered by top universities and colleges.

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The digital university will also offer unique courses. Additionally, exams and assessments for students enrolled at this university will be given in a variety of formats. Admissions are expected to start in June next year. However, admission criteria and other processes have yet to be decided.

A senior Ministry of Education official told TOI that further discussions to finalize one of the aforementioned tertiary institutions as a “hub” will take place later this month. “Each of these universities has its own strength, such as the technical edge that IIT will provide in delivering the programs or the experience of large operations for companies like BHU or DU,” the official said according to the newspaper.

In order to provide universal world-class quality education to students across the country, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during the presentation of the Union budget on February 1 this year, proposed the establishment of a university digital.

In September, during the “13th World Skills Summit”, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Education Minister, said that the government had started the process of creating a digital university with entry frames and multiple outputs.

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