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Govt. Planning to Make 1 Year PG Degrees From Foreign Universities Valid In India

The government is now planning to make 1 year PG degrees from foreign universities valid in India by equating credits with the duration of the course.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred that the government is planning to make 1 year Post Graduation Degree from foreign universities valid in India.

Presently, in India, 1-year post-graduation (PG) degrees are not valid for taking admission in higher education courses or applying for government jobs. Post-graduation in India is a 2-year course. However, the Modi government is now working towards changing this system. The government is now planning to make 1-year post-graduation (PG) degrees from foreign universities valid in India by equating credits with the duration of the course.

Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) explained by saying “For example, if a one year PG programme from a foreign university has the same number of credits as a two-year programme in India, it will be considered valid”.

On completion of a course be it of any duration, the student is being awarded a fixed amount of credits. In some courses, one semester can have a total of 20 credits, for other courses it can be 40 credits as well, depending upon the course work and study time.  

Equating Credits to Make 1 Year Foreign PG Degrees Valid

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) works as a mediator between universities and the government (Central as well as States). The AIU has been given the task of equating foreign degree programmes with Indian degrees by the Ministry of Education. Currently, AIU has 810 universities as its members.

Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) conferred “Many universities like Oxford and Cambridge are giving one-year degrees, but their degrees are not getting equated in India, but now AIU is shifting from duration approach to credit approach. So if there are sufficient credits in a course, then we can give a degree”.

Under NEP 2020, the government is working towards the internationalization of education in India. Equating credits with the duration of the courses to make the degrees valid in India is one way of doing it.

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