Srinagar, Feb 17: IGNOU on Friday clarified that all its programs including MSc environmental science are duly recognized by the UGC.
In a statment, the university said that in terms of the decision taken by UGC in its 550th meeting held on 18th February, 2021, the UGC has exempted IGNOU from applicability of UGC (Open and Distance Learning programs and Online Programs) Regulations, 2020 w.e.f. academic session 2020-2021 and onwards.
"The news regarding questioning the validity of Degree obtained in Masters of Science, Environmental Science (MSC-ENV) from IGNOU by some newspapers, which has created a lot of confusion among the students, is factually wrong, incorrect and misleading," said Regional Director, Dr. Shahnawaz Ahmad Dar.
Further, all the Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates awarded by IGNOU are recognized by all the member institutions of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and are at par with the corresponding Degrees/ Diplomas/ Certificates issued by all Indian Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Institutions etc.
IGNOU offers two programs in Environmental studies viz (1) Masters of Science (Environmental Science -MSCENV), (2) Master of Arts (Environmental Studies – MAEVS). The Masters of Science (Environmental Science –MSCENV) program is having lab course of 4-credits in first three semesters and dissertation/project of 8-credit course in fourth semester as compulsory courses to complete the degree.