Indian, Global Institutions Could Soon Offer to Joint or Dual Degrees as UGC Finalising the Draft

Indian, Global Institutions Could Soon Offer to Joint or Dual Degrees as UGC Finalising the Draft

Indian and foreign higher education institutions may soon be able to offer joint or dual degrees and twinning programs with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Finalising a draft for the regulations of these programs.

However, a final decision in this regard will be taken following evaluation of feedback received on the draft, which has been put in the public domain.

According to the draft UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programmes) Regulations, 2021, higher education institutions of India can collaborate with foreign counterparts for credit recognition and transfer, twinning arrangement as well as offer degrees.

However, regulations shall not be applicable to programs offered in online and open and distance learning modes.

Any Indian institution accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.01 or in the top 100 in the University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or an Institution of Eminence can collaborate with any foreign institution in the top 500 of Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking automatically whereas other Indian institutions and any foreign institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency in their homeland will have to seek approval of the UGC,

The draft

According to the regulations, any degree or diploma awarded based on these collaborations “shall be equivalent to any corresponding degree or diploma awarded by the Indian Higher Education institution and there shall be no further requirement of seeking equivalence from any authority”.

“The dual degree program the degrees will be conferred by the Indian and foreign higher education institutions, separately and simultaneously, upon completion of degree requirements of both the institutions. The partnerships would be allowed for four types of academic collaborations, which include credit recognition and transfer, joint degree program, dual degree program, and twinning arrangement,”

The draft

Under the twinning arrangement, while a student enrolled in an Indian institution may undertake their program of study partly in the foreign higher education institution, the degree or diploma offered shall be awarded by the Indian higher education institution only. The joint degree will be a single certificate bearing the crests and logo of both collaborating institutions,” it added.

As per the draft regulations, no franchise arrangement will be allowed under these collaborations.

A franchise arrangement, whether overtly or covertly, by whatever nomenclature used, between a foreign higher education institution and an Indian higher education institution, shall not be allowed under these regulations

it said.

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