Big news! The design of PG course has changed, now you can get master's degree in any subject

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Changes in PG Syllabus by UGC: PG studies after graduation are also changing. According to the latest course outline released by UGC, many major changes are being made in PG courses in the country. All these are under the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP). The good news is that if you want, you can do PG in any subject. So if you are thinking of doing PG, then first know what new avenues are open for you?

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Post Graduation: New design of PG course

First of all, let's talk about the new design of PG program. Now colleges will have the freedom to start different types of PG programs. You must be wondering how? So listen, if you have done a three-year graduation course, then you can choose a two-year PG program, in which you can focus completely on research in the second year.

But if you have done a four-year honours or honours program with research, then you will also have a one-year PG program. The meaning is clear, time saving! And what's more, now there will also be a five-year integrated bachelor and master program. Meaning two degrees together.

New syllabus for postgraduate courses

Now let's talk about the new PG course. You will get a lot of flexibility in this, which is as follows-

  • You can switch from one subject to another if you wish. Students who take major and minor subjects in graduation can choose any one in PG.
  • In the new curriculum, you will have the freedom to choose the course of your choice. If you pass the entrance, you can choose any subject other than your graduation subject.
  • There will also be an option to study offline, online or both ways.
  • According to the rules of UGC, you will also be able to study in different universities.

Credit System in PG Courses: Credit System in PG

Now let us know about the eligibility and credits required for the PG program-

  • If you have done graduation in Honours with Research or Honours with 160 credits, then you can take admission in PG program of one year i.e. two semesters. This will be at level 6.5 of NHEQF.
  • If you have completed a three-year graduation with 120 credits, you can take admission in a two-year or four-semester PG program. This will also be at NHEQF level 6.5.
  • If you have completed a four-year bachelor's degree like B.E., B.Tech. with 160 credits, you can take admission in a two-year PG program like M.E., M.Tech. It will be at Level 7 of NHEQF.

Master's Degree: Master's degree will be taught at 3 levels

Now let's talk about the National Higher Education Qualification Framework i.e. NHEQF. Under this, the qualifications required for a degree, diploma or certificate will be decided. Levels 6, 6.5 and 7 have been decided for PG programs. The PG framework will be linked to the National Credit Framework (NCF). This means that there will be a complete account of your studies, assignments, credits submitted, transfer and their use.

Now you will ask what will be the studies? So let us tell you that universities will now start PG programs in important subjects like machine learning as well as multidisciplinary areas like 'AI + X' and professional fields like healthcare, agriculture and law.

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