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48 Foreign universities interested in UGC’s dual degree initiative

48 Foreign universities reacts to University Grants Commission’s (UGC) new regulations and their guidelines for joint degree as well as dual degree programmes between Indian and foreign universities. It is going to boost India efforts towards internationalisation of Indian higher education.

Scotland University Glasgow has expressed its interest to discuss about academic collaboration. Deakin University, Australia in talk with education regulator said that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a progressive policy. This policy is going to help the university to establish new relations with Indian education system and institutions.

UGC in April 2020 released a notification stating about new regulations for Indian universities to collaborate with their foreign counterparts to offer joint, twinning or dual degrees. As per the notification, students will be able to earn a dual degree conferred by Indian and foreign higher educational institutions, separately and simultaneously.

M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC, is going to meet ambassadors, starting with from Australia from next week to further the discussions. “Recently there has been a lot of discussion between the PMs of India and Australia. Education is one of the important topics,” said Kumar.

Kumar further says “Students from our educational institutions who had gone abroad have done extremely well. So foreign universities know that we impart high quality education. So that’s one of the reasons why many countries have high respect for the educational system in India. The other reason is, we have responses even from universities like Stanford and MIT too. One advantage for these top universities coming and setting up campuses here, because we are also saying that they have to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, is to train students so that they can join PhD programmes either in India or abroad.”

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