UGC frames draft regulations for dual, twinning, joint degrees with foreign varsities

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited views from stakeholders on the draft regulations on “an academic collaboration between Indian and foreign higher education institutions to offer a joint degree, dual degree, and twinning programmes”. The stakeholders can ship their options until March 5 at [email protected]

UGC in an official discover states, “Budget announcement of 2021 proposed regulatory mechanism to permit dual degrees, joint degrees and twinning arrangements”. This can also be in line with the NEP 2020 which seeks extra collaborations between institutes internationally.

“Accordingly, UGC constituted a Committee to frame enabling Regulations in these regards. The draft UGC (Academic collaboration between Indian and foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programme) Regulations, 2O21 are hereby placed in the public domain,” it added.

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As per the draft tips, Indian larger schooling institutes within the high 100 in University class of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or establishments of eminence can collaborate wth high 500 institutes in THE or QS World University rating.

“If an Indian higher education institution issues an advertisement that it is offering a degree/diploma from a foreign higher education institution and if such collaboration does not have the approval of the Commission, the Commission shall conduct a preliminary inquiry and on completion of its inquiry, the commission shall initiate appropriate penal action against the Indian Higher Education Institution,” states the draft tips

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