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Courses with foreign educational institutions !- 3-May-2022

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The University Grants Commission has laid down various rules for Indian educational institutions to offer courses in collaboration with foreign educational institutions.


Eligibility for Educational Institutions:


To be able to offer such programmes, an Indian institution must have a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of at least 3.01 or above. Else, they must at least feature in the top 100 in the NIRF or in the top 1000 institutions in global rankings like The Higher Education Rankings or QS rankings.


Universities, including foreign ones, that satisfy these criteria will automatically be termed as UGC entitled institutions under the new regulations. These institutions can start these programmes without prior approval from the UGC.


Restrictions:


These conditions do not apply to courses offered through online, open and distance learning mode, as they are provided permission to offer full-time courses in conjunction with foreign educational institutions. Furthermore, no direct or indirect 'franchise' or 'study center' system should prevail between the foreign higher education institution and the Indian higher education institution.


Twinning Program:


Under the twinning programme, two UGC entitled institutions will be able to offer a programme conventional course. The student will be required to physically attend the classes in the partner foreign institution for a couple of semesters to meet the minimum 30 percent credit requirement. The foreign university, under this arrangement, will only issue a certificate acknowledging the number of credits earned by the student from that university. The students will receive their degree from the Indian university.


On the other hand, if a foreign student wishes to study in an Indian university, they must earn at least 30 percent credits staying in India for which a certificate will be awarded. The primary degree will be awarded by the parent institution.


Dual Degree:


The dual degree programme will allow both universities to grant degrees at the end of the common programme attended by the student. The student will have two separate degrees, one each from the partnering institutions. Every student will have to earn more than 30 percent credit by attending physical classes on the foreign campus.


Unlike UGC-approved dual-degree programmes in India, this programme can be offered only in one subject.


Prior permission: 


Indian higher education institutions must obtain the necessary approvals from the relevant legal councils and organizations before entering into agreements with foreign educational institutions to offer technology, medicine, law, agriculture and other professional courses. The degree awarded under these conditions shall be equivalent to any degree awarded by the Institute of Higher Education, India. No need to ask for equivalence from any officer or higher authority!



- M. Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman, UGC,






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