UGC committee has recommended the introduction of the four-year degree for promoting and improving quality of research in colleges and universities.The four-member committee recently submitted its report to the University Grants Commission (UGC) pitching for transition to a four-year programme from the current three year undergraduate courses, other than this HRD Ministry appointed panel working on the new National Education Policy (NEP) had also recommended reforms among undergraduate courses.
"Universities which are offering the four-year undergraduate programme should be increased" as told by the head of the UGC committee professor P Balaram, former director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in its report. "All full-time under-graduate programmes must be broad-based. Job oriented professional and vocational courses that facilitate jobs should be run separately as Diploma courses," It was also submitted in the report. Both three-year and four-year courses will be allowed
Also, the National Education Policy (NEP) panel headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, which submitted its report to the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', has recommended reintroducing of the four-year course as part of the undergraduate reforms.
"Both three-year and four-year courses will co-exist, but with multiple exit and entry options. The four-year programme will provide for greater rigour and allow students to conduct research optionally," the NEP draft said.