January 8, 2022: The Government of India in its Budget 2022-2023 had announced establishment of Digital University.
The aim was to provide access to students across the country for world-class quality universal education with
personalised learning experience at their doorsteps.
This was to be made available in different Indian languages and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) formats.
The University was planned on a networked hub-spoke model, with the hub building cutting edge ICT expertise. The best public universities and institutions in the country were to collaborate as a network of spokes.
The Department of Higher Education,in consultation with University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) and other stakeholders were to ensure the early start of this digital university.
In recent days the idea being is being mooted afresh by the UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar and other government functionaries
NDU will allow students to register for multiple courses from different institutes.They will also be allowed to accumulate multiple credits from different institutes and redeem those credits to get a certificate, diploma, or a degree.
The digital content of the course will be hosted by Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) portal of the government, while the technological and administrative services will be provided through government’s Samarth portal.
A bill to create a Higher Education Council of India (HECI) is likely to be presented in the Budget session in 2023. This will result in the three educational regulators — UGC, AICTE and National Council for Teacher Education being merged into the new entity.
Mr Jagadish Kumar has mentiond that the first Digital University is already up and running – in Kerala. However this is not a new institution, but the former Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala ( IITM-K) renamed in 2020. The second digital university is coming up in Jodhpur, Rajasthan