How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

New Delhi: The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in/deb.

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.

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4 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online

4 In-Demand Skills You Can Learn Online

High costs of college tuition and the growing abundance of online resources to learn about topics from computer science to blockchains have created an unprecedented opportunity for self-taught professionals and entrepreneurs. Consistently learning new skills and adapting to the evolving work environment is crucial to maintaining a fruitful career in today’s workforce.

Many college graduates do not even work in the field that they majored in, and instead, work in an area that they initially received a job in out of college or taught themselves how to excel in. Whether you’re looking to transition into another field or just want to learn some new skills as a hobby, the ability to do so has never been as convenient or powerful as it is now.

The increasing prominence of online education resources

In parallel to the proliferation of online educational resources is the explosive growth of freelancing. A 2017 study by Upwork revealed that freelancers are predicted to become the majority of the workforce within the decade. Many freelancers and entrepreneurs are self-taught, learning new skills on the fly out of a need to develop a professional talent or by meticulously studying a topic through online classes or reading.

Related: 15 of the Best and Most Unusual Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

The progression of the internet into its modern form has opened avenues for extensive, user-friendly, and affordable educational material for users of all levels of experience. Online resources for enhancing professional skills range from free university courses to standalone educational platforms that connect students and paid professionals. Some even offer informative games, impressive video tutorials and open-source frameworks for improving  content.

Here are four areas in which you develop skills and learn more about online.

1. Coding and software development

I taught myself the basics of computer programming in a prison cell by reading textbooks and using a number two pencil, without internet access. I know computer science can be intimidating for someone not familiar with the topic since it is often viewed as having an exceptionally high barrier to entry and robust prerequisite skills in mathematics. Thankfully, numerous educational materials are available for users of all experience levels to learn about how computers work and how to program.

These resources are not just relegated to proprietary online platforms either. MIT OpenCourseWare offers undergraduate and graduate courses on computer science — among other topics — online for free.

Platforms such as KhanAcademy, Coursera, and Udemy all provide their own courses on software development, computer science and other related topics. The material may be intimidating at first, but the classes are comprehensive and tailored to students of all talents with video tutorials, walk-through problems, projects and connections to top educators.

2. Languages

Learning new languages becomes more challenging as you get older, but the sheer amount of content and material available to learn new languages today is perhaps the best representation of online education’s progression. Services such as Rosetta Stone are established and popular among many people, but numerous other services have also arisen.  

Internet Polyglot offers courses on 21 different languages, Live Lingua is an entirely free full-immersion language course platform and mobile apps such as Duolingo and Busuu have skyrocketed to the top of the app download charts. The ability to speak multiple languages is not only helpful if you live in a foreign country or are traveling, but is a net positive for your resume that can even bolster your salary.

Related: Get Smarter About Business Cheaper With These 10 Free Online Courses

3. Healthcare and medicine

Similar to computer science, healthcare and medicine are primarily viewed through the prism of an exceedingly high barrier to entry. However, the notion that you can be successful in the medical industry solely with a doctorate is fading.

Online platforms such as Khan Academy and Coursera offer some in-depth material on life sciences, sports medicine and anatomy. Although they won’t provide the necessary material for becoming a doctor, they can help launch your career in the field or provide up-to-date content for you to refine your knowledge.

The prevalence of online education in fields including pharmaceutical medicine, healthcare project management and public health are also increasing. Once challenging areas of study to access are now widely available through platforms such as Class Central that aggregate resources from the top online universities in several fields. Subjects available in healthcare and medicine include clinical statistics and research, nutrition and epidemiology.

4. Blockchain

Blockchain and cryptocurrency exploded into the mainstream following the meteoric rise of the price of Bitcoin at the end of 2017. Despite the relative decline in prices over the past year, interest in the blossoming industry persists. Moreover, resources have transformed from obscure open-source Github repos to comprehensive courses on everything from understanding the underlying protocols to programming smart contracts. The demand for blockchain experts has officially exceeded supply, as reported by BTC Manager. That means, despite the volatility of the market, there’s still a huge market opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their skills.

Kingsland University – School of Blockchain was the winner of the 2018 Stevie Award in the Innovator of the Year category that offers a highly touted and extensive suite of blockchain programming curriculum. Programs like those provided by Kingsland University were few and far between in the early days of blockchain technology, but now are vital to onboarding new industry participants and facilitating the transition of many programmers to the blockchain space. With industry partnerships — such as their recent one with the Tezos Foundation — Kingsland will be creating the much-needed talent pool that will drive future innovation and growth. They’ve recognized the crucial role education plays and they are getting out into the community and providing scholarships for career building education, with a nearly guaranteed job at the end of the training.

Related: Why Your Business Assets Belong on the Blockchain

Other resources for learning more about blockchain and cryptocurrency are Blockchain at Berkley and Udacity’s Nanodegree program on blockchain development. With the technology still in its early stages and blockchain developer salaries among the highest out of any industry, the opportunity to earn a lucrative income has never been so widely available.

The internet has created unprecedented educational opportunities for anyone with an internet connection. Previously restricted and highly exclusive material is now available for free to virtually everyone. For entrepreneurs and freelancers, online resources are crucial to gaining professional insights and building a foundation to advance their careers. I dedicate one hour per day to learning something new and even have it as a calendar event on my schedule to make sure I hit my daily goal. It’s so much easier to learn now that all of my notes don’t have to be scribbled down in a notepad using a number two golf pencil.

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How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

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How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

New Delhi: 

The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in/deb.

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.

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Before you pause your student loan payments, consider the risks

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Yet when your payments resume, they’re often higher because your debt has swelled, thanks to interest.

The Associated Press, citing a 2017 Department of Education audit, reported this week that Navient, one of the country’s largest student loan servicing companies, steered tens of thousands of struggling borrowers into costly delays of their payments, known as “forbearances.”

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleges that Navient added more than $4 billion in interest to borrowers’ debt through the misuse of forbearances between 2010 and 2015. Navient disputes the allegations in the audit and those by the CFPB.

Despite the fact that putting off payments increases their debt, nearly 70 percent of people who began repaying their student loans in 2013 had their debt in forbearance for some period, according to an April report by the Government Accountability Office.

What else can a borrower do?

Borrowers should first ask whether a deferment is available before they opt for a forbearance, said Bruce McClary, vice president of communications at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

That’s because interest does not accrue on subsidized student loans during an economic hardship deferment, for example, as it does with a forbearance. There are also deferments for cancer patients now.

If your difficulty repaying your student loans is unlikely to come to an end any time soon, you might want to enroll in an income-driven repayment plan, which caps your monthly payment at a percentage of your income. Some monthly bills wind up totaling nothing.

Is a forbearance ever a good idea?

Borrowers who find themselves in a short-term difficulty, such as a medical leave or temporary unemployment, might want to consider forbearance, said Mark Kantrowitz, an expert on financial aid and publisher of SavingForCollege.com.

A forbearance typically lasts a year, and borrowers can use the option up to three times.

If possible, however, people should request a partial forbearance and keep up with at least their interest payments during the break.

“This will prevent your loan from growing larger during the forbearance,” Kantrowitz said.

Can I trust my lender?

Given that student loan servicers might not always provide borrowers the best information, it helps to review your options with a nonprofit such as The Institute of Student Loan Advisors, an organization that offers free advice and dispute resolution.

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5 Personal Finance Hacks to Help You Invest

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town gives five hacks you can use to pay off debt, avoid fees and save for the future. His first piece of advice is to use a zero-interest credit card to pay off your debt. That way, you aren’t accruing more debt over time.

Next, Town advises that you should make bi-weekly payments on your debt, rather than monthly, and that you should pay more than the minimum on your debt for at least the first few years.

Click play to learn more financial tricks from Phil Town.

Related: 5 Great Money Habits That Will Set Your Kids Up for Financial Success

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How Do You Package Yourself Into One Coherent Personal Brand After Multiple Career Changes?

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This Washington, DC reader has changed careers multiple times and is stymied on how to explain her diverse story (different industries, different functional roles) in a way that resonates with recruiters, hiring managers, and her broader network:

I just read your article “Personal Rebranding: How To Be Seen Differently” as personal branding is something I have struggled with and something I am currently working on. About 3 years ago, I decided to switch careers to [a different industry] and it’s been a great experience! I am somewhat of a unicorn in that I have multiple skills which I am having a hard time “packaging” for recruiters and hiring managers. I find that, when I talk to recruiters, they want to quickly figure out what box I can fit into (sales? client services? operations? business development? project management?), and that approach is not working for me. Same with networking. I like the idea of having multiple personal brand stories to pull from. Can you help me get unstuck and think through how best to build my story?

With people living longer and therefore having longer careers, it’s more likely that today’s professional will change careers at least once, if not multiple times. With companies increasingly turning to contingent workers, and more people joining the gig economy, it’s more common for today’s professional to have an eclectic background. Therefore, this reader’s career path of multiple industries skills, and roles likely applies to more and more readers.

It is challenging to develop a succinct introductory pitch when you have held many jobs. It can be confusing for the listener when the jobs are very different. Finally, it can be confusing for you to constantly have to decide what to emphasize in your background, what to omit altogether, and how to embrace your variety of experiences within one compelling story. If you have many different industries and jobs in your background, here are four guidelines to help you package yourself into one coherent personal brand:

Don’t pitch to recruiters

 I’m a recruiter and a multiple-time career changer, and I would never hire myself. My job as a recruiter is to find a clear fit for my client’s job opening – i.e., the round peg for the round hole My client can be imaginative and hire an unusual, “out-of-the-box” candidate, but the recruiter’s role is to find the obvious candidate. Therefore, a recruiter has no use for backgrounds that don’t follow obvious, traditional career paths – e.g., the banker with decades in banking for the banking job.

If you meet a recruiter at an event, find out first what they specialize in, and only talk about your experience in that area. If you don’t have experience in that area but you want to be considered, resist the urge to introduce yourself as someone with translatable skills. Recruiters can’t do anything with translatable – we look at proven only. You are better off referring someone who is excellent and 100% on point with what the recruiter does. This way, you demonstrate immediately that you understand their area, you showcase yourself as connected and savvy to how professional networking works, and you open the door for an ongoing relationship with this recruiter. Who knows? You may get relevant experience down the road that will cause the recruiter to change their mind about you, or you might tap the recruiter for market information, if not a direct lead.

Tailor your pitch to your audience

 Talking to recruiters in a way that caters to their interests is an example of tailoring your pitch to your audience. When you have a varied background, tailoring your pitch to the specific things (whether a job, industry, or expertise) that your listener is interested in is ideal because you make it easy for the other person to relate to you. It’s easier to develop rapport with someone who shares the same interest.

This doesn’t preclude expanding the conversation to mention other jobs, industries, or expertise. When I’m giving a workshop to a working parents’ group, I introduce myself as married with two kids and two businesses. If I’m giving the same workshop – say, it’s about negotiation – to MBA’s interested in banking and consulting, I introduce myself as a former banker/ consultant. Both of those aspects of my background are true, but I’m packaging my introduction for maximum relatability and rapport. Invariably, I talk about my banking and consulting work to the parents and about my busy family life to the MBA’s, but by then, my value and credibility are already established.

If you can’t pick just one thing, pick one common thread

 Sometimes you can’t focus your story because you’re sharing it to the general public, say on LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn summary, a professional bio that lives on your website, or an introduction you include in a speaker’s kit should include a comprehensive summary of your career. When your career is very varied, you can keep it coherent by sticking to a theme across your story .

For example, my career goes from piano to banking to consulting to recruiting to acting to media to entrepreneurship to a little bit of all my previous industries. When I tell it like a laundry list, it sounds scattered. When I introduce myself as a career change expert and extreme career changer myself, I give my story a hook that each distinct thread can relate to.

One client with an MD and an MBA branded as a bridge between the science and commercialization of biotech. Another client with financial services operations as her profession and multiple Board positions as her personal passion branded as a trusted advisor on spending. Her day job was advising hedge funds on back office costs, and her volunteer work included advising diverse non-profits on budget issues, so we picked the overlap in two seemingly different roles.

Package your story for your future, not your past

 Keep in mind that the common thread worked for my financial services client because she ultimately wanted (and landed) a role advising institutions on investing. The science/ commercialization thread worked for my MD/ MBA because he wanted a general management role in biotech. My extreme career changer moniker works for me because my ideal client is an aspiring career changer. The best personal branding story packages you for what you want to do in the future, not just what you have done before.

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