UGC regulation amended to ease Foreign Institutions collaboration process

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has released a video message to inform students about “a new set of regulations to sanctify collaboration between Indian institutes, universities, and colleges with trustworthy and reputed foreign educational institutes”.

She said that previous attempts were made in 2012 to get foreign collaboration with a set of regulations in which any foreign university could approach the UGC for permission, but no foreign university approached the UGC for a degree program.

As of now, they have made foreign collaboration easier. Now Indian educational institutions can approach the UGC directly for permission to partner with foreign universities for degree programmes.

She elaborated, “We have seen a lot of students going abroad to study to get the name of a reputed foreign university on their CV.” She said the new regulations would help students get that reputed name of a foreign university on their degree while minimising the costs incurred.

“Besides tuition fees, there are other expenditures such as travelling, food, books, etc. Therefore, a new credit system is being introduced for the first time in India to help minimize the cost of an engagement with a reputed foreign institution,” she remarked.

Under the new norms, educational institutions looking to partner with universities abroad for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes can now approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) directly for permission.

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As per the new norms, students can get enrolled in Indian institutions and will be free to spend two semesters of their undergraduate course or 1 semester of a post-graduate course with a foreign institution that has a collaboration with the Indian one.

Under the new regulations, undergrad and post-grad students who opt to study for 1 or 2 semesters abroad would earn credits of that foreign university. The credits accrued would be highlighted on his or her transcripts. The degree would be an Indian one but would also hold the name of the foreign university.

“Although the new regulations do not allow the collaborating partners to offer a joint degree, the certificate awarded by the Indian varsity at the end of the programme will bear the name and insignia of the foreign university the student visited. The transcripts carrying the credits earned in India and abroad will have to be signed jointly by both institutions.”

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In addition, the credits would be recognised by the foreign university for admissions if the student wished to study further in the same university.

Smt. Smriti Irani also said that advances had been made to enhance the regional sectors of education too by inviting foreign professors and teachers to come and teach at regional colleges at the cost of the government.

She said professors from MIIT, Cambridge, Yale, Georgia Tech and University of Pennsylvania were among the global teachers who would become available to teach at regional colleges thereby giving the advantage of a foreign learning experience to the economically backward students who are unable to bear the costs of a foreign university.

She said teachers would also benefit as it would be a joint teaching program along with local teachers. Joint research on education was also possible she said.

Under the Global Initiative for education venture 300 teachers from over the world have already visited India on teaching programmes. This number would increase to 1000 this year.

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