UGC paves way for IoEs to set up campuses abroad

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THE UNIVERSITY Grants Commission (UGC) has amended its laws, permitting Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to set up campuses abroad after receiving no objection certificates from the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. The transfer is consistent with the federal government’s new National Education Policy, which says that prime performing universities must be inspired to set up campuses abroad.

The amendments additionally allow the IOEs to begin new off campus centres, with a most of three in 5 years and never a couple of in an educational yr.

There are 18 Institutions of Eminence, together with IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Bombay. “Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities shall be allowed to start new off-shore campuses with the prior approval of the Ministry after receiving No Objection Certificate from Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs,” say the amendments to the UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017.

“The Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities shall ensure that the norms and standards of the off shore campus shall be the same as that maintained on the main campus for similar courses, and the off-shore campus shall also follow similar admission criteria, curriculum, examination system and evaluation system. All the information about off-shore campus shall be disclosed on the website of the Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University.”

The functioning of the off shore campuses shall be reviewed by an Empowered Experts Committee “independently and/or along with the IOE”.

“After review of the off shore campus, if the Empowered Experts Committee is not satisfied with the performance of the off shore campus, it may recommend discontinuation of the off shore campus to the Central Government. ln such cases, the interest of the students enrolled at the off-shore campus shall be adequately protected by the Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University,” the amendments state.

The IOEs have additionally been permitted to begin an off campus centre on an interim campus “subject to the condition that the permanent campus shall be ready within a reasonable time period of not exceeding five years.”

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