The University Grants Commission (UGC) has done a lot to make it easier for Indian and foreign institutions to work together. The commission has reached out to almost 500 universities in other countries.
These universities are in the US, UK, Europe, and East Asia. It has also sent them a list of Indian universities eligible to sign MoUs.
- The University Grants Commission (UGC) has gone out to 500 foreign universities in the US, UK, Europe, and East Asia to increase partnerships between Indian and foreign higher education institutions.
- The commission wants to meet with the chiefs of foreign missions in India to examine possible tie-ups in line with recently issued regulations on twinning programs, joint degrees, and dual degrees that will be effective in 2022-23.
- The UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to Offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree, and Twinning Programs) Regulations, 2022, were notified in April.
- Foreign institutes wanting to participate must rank in the top 1000 of Times Higher Education or QS.
- National Education Policy, 2020 recommends Indian-foreign academic collaborations in higher education.
- Reputable Indian institutes like IIT Delhi are working to open campuses abroad.
- About 50,000 international students are enrolled in Indian university courses.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reached out to nearly 500 foreign universities in the US, UK, Europe, and East Asia as part of a major effort to increase collaborations between Indian and foreign higher education institutions.
The commission wants to meet with the heads of foreign missions in India to talk about possible partnerships. This aligns with the recently announced rules for twinning programs, joint degrees, and dual degrees, which will take effect in the academic year 2022–2023.
The University Grants Commission (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree, and Twinning Programmes) Regulations, 2022, were made public in April.
“We have also sent them (foreign institutions) a list of Indian universities with which MoUs can be signed. “We haven’t written to any Chinese universities, even though some of them meet the requirements,” UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said on Sunday.
Foreign schools must be in the top 1000 of either the Times Higher Education or QS rankings to work together. Indian universities that meet the same standard, are in the top 100 of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), or have a minimum score of 3.01 from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) are eligible.
One of the most important things the National Education Policy, 2020 says is that Indian and foreign institutions in higher education should work together on academic projects.
Work is also being done to make it possible for well-known Indian schools like IIT Delhi to open campuses abroad. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan is the chairman of the IIT council. In December, he set up a committee to look into opening campuses of Indian colleges and universities outside of India.
Prof. Kumar said that another group of experts’ talks about getting prestigious foreign universities to set up campuses in India has also reached the “final stage.” “It will also stop about $US 25 billion worth of foreign currency from leaving the country.”
Official estimates say that about 50,000 international students are taking classes at Indian universities.
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