In what’s being seen as a optimistic step in direction of the internalisation of training in keeping with NEP 2020, the UGC has given the approval for laws that can now entitle Indian increased academic establishments to supply joint, twin or twinning programmes in collaboration with international academic establishments. Chatting with the media at a digital convention, M Jagadesh Kumar, UGC chairman, revealed that the Indian HEIs can collaborate with their international counterparts for credit score recognition and switch, twinning programmes and in addition twin diploma programmes.

“This method of Indian college students being permitted to acquire credit from international increased academic establishments for the award of levels in India was additionally mentioned in NEP 2020. In case of twinning programmes, an Indian HEI can collaborate with a international HEI, following which a scholar can bodily go to a international HEI, keep there for a semester or two and earn credit as much as a restrict of 30% of the credit required for the programme. As a part of the identical initiative, international college students can come and keep in India, and procure related credit of as much as 30% as per the requirement of the diploma programme. This may assist Indian college students to check abroad whereas they get the diploma from the Indian establishment. The international HEI will give a certificates of recognition to certify the credit earned for the element for which the scholar has earned credit overseas,” Kumar defined.


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In case of the joint diploma programmes, the Indian and international HEIs must signal an MoU to ascertain the collaborations. The Indian and international college students need to earn greater than 30% credit every, and on this case, the diploma for Indian college students shall be supplied by the Indian institute, whereas the international academic institute will give a certificates for the credit obtained,” Kumar mentioned.
The third is the twin diploma programme, the place other than the MoU signed between two accomplice establishments, Indian college students must do greater than 30% of the credit and vice versa in case of international college students. The Indian scholar will earn one diploma from the Indian establishment and one other from a international increased training establishment although the diploma is identical not like a double diploma programme, Kumar mentioned.

Highlighting the truth that India has 4 crore college students in Indian HEIs and their numbers are prone to improve over time, Kumar mentioned it is very important widen entry to increased high quality training and provides Indian college students the chance to accumulate multidisciplinary training and expertise each in India and oversees. The regulation can even appeal to international college students to India as a research vacation spot, and in the end enhance the standing of Indian HEIs in world rankings. The regulation will additional improve international publicity and world view of Indian college students, along with selling college trade and sharing of world finest practices, he added.

“Lakhs of scholars go overseas for increased training, however this regulation might help college students keep in India and purchase international levels whereas additionally placing a examine on the outward international trade,” Kumar added.

To take care of high quality of upper training, solely these Indian HEIs which have a NAAC grading of three.01 and above or within the high 1000 QS Rankings or THE rankings shall be eligible for such collaborations. The College listed within the high 100 underneath Nationwide Institutional Rating Framework (NIRF) also can qualify for the collaborations. “In such circumstances, the ‘entitled establishments’ can supply the programmes accepted by their statutory our bodies and councils with out approval from the UGC although they need to notify the UGC concerning the MoU and the kind of programmes they’re providing as a part of the collaborative programmes,” Kumar mentioned.

These twining and twin diploma programmes must be supplied within the standard bodily modes, no on-line and ODL mode shall be allowed. “This implies Indian college students must bodily go to campuses overseas for increased training and vice versa in case of international college students. When it comes to the payment construction, each Indian and international entities must create a mechanism to repair the charges on the time of admission and make it identified within the public area. The charges need to be reasonably priced and accessible to all sections of the society, Kumar emphasised. The institutes must work out appropriate exit modes for the scholars if the necessity arises in order that they don’t endure in the long term, he added. The general goal is to extend range and richness within the Indian HEIs, Kumar concluded.

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