IGNOU’s PG in Environmental Science Program is Fully Recognized by UGC, BIG Statement by Director IGNOU

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The IGNOU regional center in Srinagar has stated that all postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates obtained via distance mode are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This statement contradicts a recent clarification by the School Education Department that such degrees are not valid.

Talking to local news agency, The Regional Director of IGNOU Dr. Shahnawaz Ahmad Dar, has announced that all programs offered by the institution, including the MSCENV degree, have been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) based on a decision made in the UGC’s 550th meeting.

According to Dr. Dar, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has granted an exemption to IGNOU from the UGC’s regulations for open and distance learning programs and online programs for the academic session of 2020-2021 and beyond.

Dr. Dar also stated that all degrees, diplomas, and certificates awarded by IGNOU are recognized by member institutions of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and are considered equivalent to those issued by other Indian universities or institutions.

The regional director further said that IGNOU offers two programs in Environmental studies viz Masters of Science in Environmental and Master of Arts in Environmental Studies.

“The Masters of Science program is having lab course of 4-credits in first three semesters and dissertation or project of 8-credit course in fourth semester as compulsory courses to complete the degree,” he said.

Dar said, “The news regarding questioning the validity of Degree obtained in Masters of Science from IGNOU by some newspapers is factually wrong, incorrect and misleading.”

A day before the School Education Department said that Post Graduate degrees obtained through distance mode in Science Stream would not be considered valid for seniority and promotion purposes

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