Four-year UG courses in next academic year, students to have more choices: Minister R Bindu

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Kerala will introduce the four-year undergraduate degree program with honors/research in the next academic year, said higher education minister R Bindu. The course will focus on research and students will have the flexibility to choose their favourite topics, she said.

The University Grants Commission has already directed universities to start four-year UG courses. The New Education Policy of 2020 had proposed a change to the traditional three-year course. The commission set up by the Kerala government to study higher education reforms also recommended the format. Government had approved the proposal in-principle.

Internship and research will be part of the fourth year of the course. The students will be admitted to PG second year, laterally. Those who end the course in third year will also get a UG degree.

The move comes at a time when around 30 per cent of seats in undergraduate courses in several universities in the state remain vacant.

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