Can I pursue two courses simultaneously from IGNOU?

Many of the students are eager to know that, is it legal to do two-degree courses at the same time so here is the answer of it. As per the current rules and regulation of UGC (University Grants Commission), the student cannot do two degree courses at the same time which is applicable for a regular course as well as a distance course.

Important Update – As per the most recent notification released by the UGC, the candidates can now pursue two-degree courses at the same time but the one course must be regular and one course must be distance. In short, the candidates can now do two degree courses at the same time with the same or different institutions but the type of degree (distance or regular) must different.

Many of the students are unaware by this rule of UGC and doing more than one course at a time and that’s a result he/she may face difficulties while applying for further studies or job. If a student found to be completed two courses in the same academic year or time then one of them will be marked as invalid. It’s always advised to our IGNOU students that he/she will do only one course at a time and then apply for another course after the declaration of result.

The rule of simultaneous registration is not applied for certificate courses which you can understand here with more details. Students who are already enrolled in a program of one year duration or longer can also simultaneously register themselves for any certificate course of 6 months duration. Candidates have to note that if any clash of dates of counselling or examination time table between the two courses taken, IGNOU will be not responsible to make an adjustment or to shift dates of it.

Simultaneously pursuing two academic courses either from the IGNOU University and the other from Regular University (regular or face to face mode) is not permitted as per current rules except Certificate Programmes of 6 months duration. Similarly, students can’t do two regular courses as well as two distance courses at the same time.

Doing two courses at the same time also affect performance and marks in both of the programmes so it’s a better way to take admission in one course at a time to better focus on that programme to achieve good marks and grades.

4 thoughts on “Can I pursue two courses simultaneously from IGNOU?”

  1. Recently I read news which said as per UGC recent notification students can apply for two degrees together i.e One regular degree and one ODL degree. I will be taking admission into MBA from august 2020 in a different university and I intend to take admission in IGNOU PGDOM as well in the JULY 2020 admission. Could you please tell me is this really valid to take 2 degrees because the official website of IGNOU hasn’t updated anything and even the FAQs are of 2018.

  2. Dear Sir, After 34 years of service and 02 years of Extension, Finally I will be going to retire from service in Jan,2021. But I am still fit n fine and wants to do one Diploma course in Horticulture (Flowers nursery and Bonsai plantation) to busy myself in future. I have done MA in Hindi (Osmania Uni) & PGDBA in HR (Symbiosis Uni) through distance learning. Please suggest the courses.

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