Academic advisor programs are likely to be scrapped in India, as the country’s education department plans to replace them with the “more rigorous” courses that are required for university entrance.
Sources in the government’s civil services said that the proposed overhaul of the academic advisor program is to be made official in the next few days, with a decision expected to be taken within three weeks.
The move will also be made mandatory in all educational institutes, and all students will have to take at least two courses in their undergraduate programmes in the public sector.
It will also apply to the postgraduate course of a student.
The new courses will be available to students who have completed a minimum of 12 years of primary education, according to a statement from the education ministry.
The government’s plans for the overhaul of academic advisor programs will come as a major blow to students across India, which has been struggling with high enrolment and low retention rates.
A recent survey by the education department showed that just 3 percent of the students in the country were interested in pursuing an academic advisor course in India.
The survey also showed that more than 60 percent of respondents said that they had not been able to obtain the required degrees due to low enrolment.
The department is expected to make the announcement at the launch of a pilot program on online university courses on September 1, 2018.
The pilot program will initially target four million students from the age of 20 to 25 years.
A similar program was launched in the US last year, which led to a huge surge in enrollment.
The program has also been expanded in other countries, including Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia.