Foreign universities can now offer courses in association with indian universities and institutions

University Grants Commission or UGC has made regulations through which foreign institutions would be able to come to India in collaboration, partnership or in twinning arrangement with domestic educational institutions. The regulations, to be notified very soon. Indian institutions who shall be partners of these foreign educational institutions are made compulsory to have accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council with an A or an equivalent grade. Thus eleiminating the factor of mushrooming of colleges offering such courses. However, Indian educational institutions run by Centre, state or Union Territory administration would be free from mandatory accreditation.

Indian collaborators would require at least five years experience of offering education at post-graduate level. Again, government institutions have been granted exemption. In case an Indian educational institution is affiliated to a university it would need its approval before collaborating with foreign institutions. Also, the new entity borne out of collaboration is barred from teaching anything against national security and territorial integrity. Institutions would also have to abide by regulations of Indian government and in case where foreign exchange is involved they would have to follow regulations of Reserve Bank of India.

UGC's approval would be for five years, but it can review the progress and then extend or withdraw approval or even impose new conditions.

One of the officials of NAAC said,

The Indian varsities need to obtain a Certificate of Competence issued by NAAC to run such programmes. NAAC is an autonomous body in India which gives grades to the institutes on the basis of certain important parameters.He further added that the institutes need to raise funds and ensure future sustainability in the market if they have plans to collaborate with foreign varsities and to offer academic programmes. Additionally, these institutes may get funds from the government in the long run as per their ranking and performance.



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