UGC writes to envoys over tie-ups with global varsities | Latest News India

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approached Indian Ambassadors to 63 international locations looking for assist to facilitate educational collaborations between universities in these respective international locations with Indian ones, the physique’s chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar stated on Monday.

The fee has additionally recognized 529 overseas and 229 Indian universities eligible for such collaborations, UGC officers stated.

In April, the fee introduced amended laws for educational collaborations between Indian and overseas increased training establishments (HEIs).

The new guidelines enable eligible universities to provide three sorts of diploma programmes in collaboration — twin (the place each schools award the diploma, albeit in the identical topic), joint and twinning (the place a part of the course is accomplished abroad with the higher restrict being 30% in twinning programmes, and the decrease restrict being 30% in joint programmes).

“I am writing this to you with the hope that the Indian High Commission will disseminate the information related to the UGC Regulations and encourage the foreign HEIs (in the country under your purview) to collaborate with the well-performing Indian Universities by organizing promotional events or through other appropriate measures. I solicit your kind cooperation in this regard,” Kumar wrote in his letter to the 63 ambassadors despatched final week.

The 63 international locations embody Spain, Thailand, UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Africa, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Lithuania, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Turkey, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Kumar stated that the fee has additionally despatched the record of eligible establishments recognized in India for collaboration to the ambassadors.

“The idea is not only to help our HEIs to establish collaborations with foreign HEIs but also to encourage foreign institutions to send their students to Indian institutions. Our Indian institutes can establish collaborations with the following countries to get their students to India. Of course, students from other advanced countries too can come to India under this programme,” he stated.

“We have also started getting positive responses from some of these ambassadors. It will help us to disseminate correct information about this initiative to the ground level in different countries now. Besides, we have also started approaching these identified eligible universities in north India and abroad,” Kumar added.

According to laws, to be eligible to provide such programmes, an Indian school will need to have a minimal National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rating of three.01 or determine within the prime 100 within the college class of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or within the prime 1000 of Times Higher Education or QS World University rating. Similarly, overseas schools wishing to take part ought to determine within the prime 1000 of Times Higher Education or QS World University rating.

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