Indian and International HEIs can now provide joint or dual degrees

New Delhi: UGC Chairman Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar recently announced that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has adopted regulations allowing Indian and international higher education institutions (HEIs) to provide joint or dual degrees and twinning programmes.

According to proposed UGC regulations, Indian higher education institutions can interact with overseas counterparts for credit recognition and transfer, twinning, and degree offerings.

In the meantime, the restrictions will not apply to programmes delivered via online or distance learning.

“Any Indian institution accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a minimum score of 3.01 or in the top 100 in the University category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or an Institution of Eminence can collaborate with any foreign institution in top 500 of Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking automatically whereas other Indian institutions and any foreign institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency in their homeland will have to seek approval of the UGC,” Kumar mentioned.

“The students will have to earn more than 30 per cent credits from the foreign institution under the programme. However, the regulations shall not be applicable to programmes offered online and in the open and distance learning mode,” he added.

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