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The regulations shall not be applicable to programmes offered online and in the open and distance learning mode, he added. (File photo) (HT_PRINT)

Joint Degrees Will Be Offered By Indian, Foreign Institutions Soon, Says Ugc. Read Here


The College Grants Fee (UGC) Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday introduced that Indian and overseas increased instructional establishments could quickly have the ability to provide joint or twin levels and twinning programmes. 

The choice was taken at a gathering of the higher education regulator on Tuesday, the place it was mentioned that when UGC approves the rules for the programmes, twin levels or twinning levels could possibly be a chance from Indian and overseas establishments. 

“Any Indian establishment accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimal rating of three.01 or within the high 100 within the college class of the Nationwide Institutional Rating Framework (NIRF) or an Establishment of Eminence can collaborate with any overseas establishment within the high 500 of the Occasions Larger Training or QS World College rating, with out looking for any prior approval from the UGC,” Kumar mentioned at a press convention.

The rules shall not be relevant to programmes supplied on-line and within the open and distance studying mode, he added.

Kumar, nonetheless, clarified that no franchise association or research centre, “whether or not overtly or covertly, by no matter nomenclature used, between a overseas increased instructional establishment and an Indian increased instructional establishment shall be allowed below these rules”.

What’s a Twinning Programme?

In accordance with the authorized rules, a “twinning programme” shall be a collaborative association whereby college students enrolled with an Indian increased instructional establishment could undertake their programmes of research partly in India, complying with the related UGC rules, and partly in a overseas increased instructional establishment.

“The diploma supplied below such twinning programmes shall be awarded by the Indian establishment,” Kumar mentioned.

What’s a Joint or Twin Diploma?

For a “joint diploma programme”, the curriculum shall be designed collectively by the collaborating Indian and overseas increased instructional establishments and upon the completion of the programme, the diploma will probably be awarded by each the establishments with a single certificates.

A “twin diploma programme” shall be a programme collectively designed and supplied by the Indian and overseas increased instructional establishments in the identical disciplines and topic areas and on the identical stage.

“The levels for such programme shall be conferred by the Indian and overseas increased instructional establishments, individually and concurrently, upon the completion of the diploma necessities of each the establishments. This shall not in any means be construed as two diploma programmes in separate disciplines and topic areas or ranges being pursued concurrently,” the UGC chairman mentioned.

The Indian increased instructional establishments shall search the mandatory approvals from the related statutory councils and our bodies earlier than getting into into collaborations in technical, medical, authorized, agricultural and such different skilled programmes.

“The diploma awarded below these rules shall be equal to any corresponding diploma awarded by the Indian increased instructional establishment. There shall be no additional requirement of looking for equivalence from any authority and the diploma shall have all advantages, rights and privileges as acquiring within the case of a level awarded by an Indian increased instructional establishment ordinarily,” Kumar mentioned. 

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