With the UGC recently allowing the Institutions of Eminence to set up foreign campuses, the commission prepared the respective draft directives regarding joint, twinning and dual degrees.
On Friday, 19th January, the University Grants Commission (UGC) framed a series of draft edicts regarding the twinning, joint and dual degree with the Foreign institutions. Recently the University Grants commission permitted the institutions of eminence to set up their respective offshore campuses in the foreign nations, this gave a further stimulus to the inclosing of the respective directives.
The Draft Guidelines clearly mentions:
Indian higher education institutes in the top 100 in University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or institutions of eminence can collaborate with top 500 institutes in THE (Times Higher Education) or QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University ranking.
The Draft guideline also statuses, “If an Indian higher education institution issues an advertisement that it is offering a degree/diploma from a foreign higher education institution and if such collaboration does not have the approval of the Commission, the Commission shall conduct a preliminary inquiry and on completion of its inquiry, the commission shall initiate appropriate penal action against the Indian Higher Education Institution.”
However, a final decision in this regard will be taken following evaluation of feedback received on the draft, which has been put in public domain. The UGC has invited views and opinions from its various stakeholders, primarily being students on the draft regulations upon its decision relating to the academic collaboration between Indian and foreign higher education institutions to offer a dual degree, joint degree and twinning programmes. The stakeholders can send their suggestions and feedback till March 5th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UGC in an official notice stated its stance by delineating, “Budget announcement of 2021 proposed regulatory mechanism to permit dual degrees, joint degrees and twinning arrangements”. The commission also claims this to be in accordance with the New Education Policy (2020) which sought to seek more partnership between institutes in a global sphere.
The UGC furthermore stated in the notice, “Accordingly, UGC constituted a Committee to frame enabling Regulations in these regards. The UGC draft regarding the Academic collaboration between Indian and foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programme) Regulations, 2O21 are hereby placed in the public domain.” However, the regulations shall not be applicable to programmes offered in online and open and distance learning mode.
As per the regulations, any degree or diploma awarded based on these collaborations would be considered equivalent to any corresponding degree or diploma awarded by the Indian Higher Education institution and there shall be no further prerequisite of seeking correspondence from any authority.
The Draft remarks, “The dual degree programme 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 programme, dual degree programme and twinning arrangement.”
The students under the twinning arrangement, enrolled in an Indian institution may undertake their programme of study partway in the foreign institution and the final diploma offered shall be awarded by the Indian institution alone. The joint degree on the other hand will be a single certificate bearing the summits and insignias of the collaborating institutions.
As per the draft regulations no franchise arrangement will be allowed under these collaborations, with a specific clause in the draft stating:
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.
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