February 4 2020: The Indian Union Budget 2020, announced a significant change in policy regarding delivery of higher education. The Finance Minister announced:
"Degree level full-fledged online education programmes will be started For starters institutions who are ranked within top 100 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework will be allowed to offer such distance degrees.
Amity University was quick to react: A day after the announcement during the Budget session, it took a full page spot in Economic Times to claim it was the first university to get approval to offer Online degrees. The online courses it offered: MBA,MCA, MA Journalism, BBA, BCom, BA, BA Tourism, BA Journalism and post graduate diplomas in 14 subjects.
Apprenticeship: In addition 150 higher educational institutions have been earmarked to start. to start apprenticeship embedded degree/diploma courses by March 2021. Students in the general stream (vis-à-vis services or technology stream) need their employability improved. The University Grants Commission is known to have approved seven such institutions: IGNOU, Amity, JSS Academy, Manipal Asademy, Bharatiya Vidyapeeth, Shanmugha Academy and Dr Y Patil Vidyapeeth.