The University Grants Commission has amended the existing guidelines for Indian educational institutions which enter into academic tie-ups with foreign institutes. Accordingly the highest graded Indian institutions can engage in academic collaboration with foreign educational institutions of highest grade in their country or those who have crossed the threshold limit.
As per the decisions, Indian institutes which get top accreditations will now be able to approach the UGC to seek its nod for entering into academic tie-ups with highly-rated education institutions abroad. Under the previous norms, only foreign institutes could seek permission for academic collaborations. A window of one year has been provided for institutes, which already have a global partnership, to get their pacts approved by UGC. A committee of experts will examine the proposals for these collaborations.
Besides, the Indian institutes will have to ensure that students who opt for these courses will study at least one semester for post-graduate degrees and two semesters for under-graduate degrees abroad. As per the new norms, the name of the foreign institute will also be mentioned on the degree certificate for such courses.
The norms, to be notified soon, also specify a minimum degree of collaboration as per which at least one semester for post-graduate degrees and two semesters for under-graduate degrees have been specified. Further, the MoUs will provide sufficient autonomy to the institutions, officials said, adding that students from foreign institutions will also be allowed to come to Indian campuses under these norms.
The existing guidelines for collaborations had been previously brought out in 2012 during the previous regime but they had not attracted any proposals. Moreover in some cases the institutes have fraudulently advertised collaborations with foreign institutions which created problems for students.