Indian and foreign higher educational institutions will soon be able to offer joint or dual degrees. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has finalized the draft related to the rules of these education programs.
However, the final decision in this regard will be taken after the response to the draft which has been made public.
According to the draft UGC (Academic tie-ups for joint degrees, dual degrees, dual courses by Indian and foreign higher educational institutions) Rules-2121, higher educational institutions of India will be able to tie up with equivalent foreign educational institutions for awarding dual degrees. Accordingly, these rules will not be applicable in online, free and distance education system education programs.
The draft states, “Any Indian educational institution recognized by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and awarded a minimum of 3.01 marks or which is among the top 100 universities in the National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) Or those who fall under the category of Institution of Eminence, can automatically tie up with the top 500 universities in the Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings, while other Indian and foreign institutions that have their own country’s assessment and accreditation agency It has been recognized by them, they have to get the approval of the UGC to compromise. ”
According to the proposed manual, the degree or diploma awarded under the partnership will be equivalent to the degree and diploma awarded by Indian higher institutions and there will be no need to declare it equivalent by any authority.
According to the draft, opening of franchisees will not be allowed in this partnership. The draft states that under Niyamvali, franchise arrangement will not be allowed, directly or indirectly, between foreign educational institutions and Indian educational institutions.