The University Grants Commission has invited suggestions on the regulations drafted for academic collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions offering Joint Degree, Dual degree and Twinning programmes. The union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has informed that the stakeholders can send their suggestions by March 15, 2021, at email@example.com.
The education minister has also sought insights and feedback to enable the Ministry of Education to bring effective implementation of the NEP which calls for permitting credits acquired in foreign countries to be counted for awarding the degree.
According to the budget announced for the next year, a regulatory mechanism has been proposed to permit dual degrees, joint degrees and twinning arrangements as per which the UGC has framed the draft UGC Regulations 2021.
Regulations for Indian Higher Education Institutions
The regulations will be applicable to Indian Higher Education Institutions intending to collaborate with foreign higher education institutions to award the degrees and diplomas including postgraduate and doctoral courses and te Foreign Higher education Institutions intending to collaborate with Indian Higher Education Institutions.
The academic collaboration between Indian and foreign Institutions under the UGC regulations will help in credit recognition and transfer, twinning agreements, joint degree programme and dual degree programme.
Students enrolled with an Indian Institution will be able to undertake their course partly in India and partly in a foreign institution and the credits earned by the students at an international university will be counted towards the degree/diploma awarded by the Indian institute.
Joint Degree Programme
The curriculum for the Joint Degree programme will be designed jointly by the collaborating institutions and the degree will be awarded by both the institutions with a single certificate bearing the logos of both the institutions.
Dual Degree Programme
The Degrees will be awarded by the Indian and Foreign Higher Education institutions separately simultaneously after the completion of the degree requirements of both the institutions. The initiatives also aim at providing global exposure to the students, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education with an internationally relevant curriculum and also improve the standing of the Indian Universities in International Rankings.