UGC allows NIRF 100 Universities to offer Twining, Joint & Dual Degree with Foreign Institutions

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Updated on Apr 19, 2022 18:04 IST

Indian and foreign universities will not be allowed these programmes through the Online or Distance Learning Mode

University Grants Commission (UGC) has allowed Indian institutions to collaborate with foreign universities for Twining Programmes, Dual Degree and Joint Degrees. As per the UGC Chairman, M Jagadesh Kumar Indian and foreign universities will be allowed to offer these programmes only through offline mode, and not online or Distance Learning mode.

UGC Chairman informed that in the recent meeting of the Commission, 557th Meeting, it has been decided to allow Indian institutions to collaborate with foreign universities in line with the vision of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Indian institutions in the top 100 of NIRF Ranking or among the top 1000 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) or QS Ranking or with NAAC Grading of 3.1 or above will be eligible to collaborate for Twining, Joint Degree or Dual Degree programmes.

UGC Chairman said that these institutions will be called ‘Entitled Institutions’, they will not need the approval of the UGC. They would only need the approval of the statuary councils of their university. They will have to inform the UGC about the programmes they are offering through the MoU. They will not be allowed to offer courses online or through ODL mode, this will have to be done only through offline mode.

Kumar informed that the new UGC Regulations are in tune with the vision of the NEP 2020. He said: In the case of Twining programmes Indian education institutions can collaborate with foreign institutions and under this students will be able to stay at a foreign university for a semester or two and gain 30 percent of credit from there. Similarly, students from foreign universities can come and stay at Indian institutions and earn 30 percent of the credit.”

He informed that foreign institutions will give credit but the degree will be given by the Indian institution only.

Joint Degree

In the case of a Joint degree, both the institution, Indian and foreign, will have to sign MoU and students will have to earn 30 percent of credit from a foreign university, in this case, the degree will be given by an Indian university and the foreign university can give certificate. “Indian students will have the benefit of accessing high-quality education from a foreign university,” Kumar said.

Dual degree

For the Dual Degree, students have to do more than 30% of credit from the foreign university. The degrees will be given by both institutions. The Indian institutions will give degrees but mention that 30% of education is from the foreign university, similarly foreign universities will have to mention the same in their degree.

UGC Chairman said that a Dual degree should not be confused with a double degree.

He said: “We believe that this will benefit the student community in India. We have 4 crore students in Indian institutions and this will go up to 10 crores in near future. We are looking to provide high-quality education as per the vision of the national education policy by allowing them to go to a foreign university.”

Kumar said that this will provide a great opportunity for Indian students to acquire multidisciplinary education through this mechanism foreign students will also come to India and this will help in attracting foreign students coming to India. “This will improve the standing of Indian universities in global rankings by the internationalization of Indian education,” he said.

Top 100 Universities ‘Entitled’ to Collaborate

To maintain quality only those Indian higher education institutions with NAAC grading of 3.1 or above or among the top 1000 in THE or QS Ranking or among the top 100 in NIRF Category will be eligible to collaborate.

Foreign universities within the top 1000 in QS and THE will be eligible to collaborate with Indian institutions.

These will be called ‘Entitled Institutions’, which will not require prior approval from the UGC.

Fee structure

Both the universities will have to make the fee structure public right at the time of admissions. “The fee structure has to be reasonable to keep it accessible to all sections of the society,” Kumar said.

The universities will also have to provide suitable exit pathways if a student wants to exit in between. In the 557th meeting of the UGC it approved, UGC Regulations on academic collaboration between Indian and Foreign Twining and Joint and Dual degree programmes.

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