UGC extends deadline to submit feedback on foreign universities in India

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University Grants Commission Secretary Rajneesh Jain said on Monday that the statutory body constituted by the Ministry of Education has decided to extend the deadline for receiving comments, suggestions and feedback on setting up campuses of foreign higher education institutions in India. 3 February.

“In view of the requests received from stakeholders to extend the last date for submission of comments/suggestions/feedback on the above draft regulations, the last date for receiving comments on the draft regulations has been extended to 3rd February 2023,” the UGC secretary said.

Rajneesh Jain also said that it is requested that the response should be sent to the official email- ugcforeigncollaboration@gmail.com

The University Grants Commission on Thursday notified draft guidelines for setting up campuses of foreign higher education institutions in the country in line with NEP-2020 and invited suggestions and feedback from the public.

In line with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, guidelines on internationalization of higher education in 2021, which included provisions such as setting up international affairs offices and alumni connect cells in universities, have been notified, the UGC said in a notification.

A regulatory framework that would allow entry to highly-ranked foreign universities would provide an international dimension to higher education, enable Indian students to acquire foreign qualifications at affordable cost and make India an attractive global study destination, the UGC said.

The guidelines, known as the “University Grants Commission (Establishment and Management of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023”, are aimed at facilitating the entry of foreign higher educational institutions into India, it said.

“These regulations will regulate entry and operations of foreign universities/institutions in India for awarding degrees, diplomas and certificates in undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, post-doctoral and other programs and in all disciplines,” the UGC said.

No foreign higher education institution (FHEI) will be allowed to set up campus in the country without the approval of the UGC, it said.

The foreign educational institution should be among the top 500 in the overall/subject-wise global ranking, as decided by the commission from time to time, in its home jurisdiction, it said.

The foreign institute has to ensure that the quality of education at its Indian campus is at par with the parent campus in the home country, the statement said.

The UGC has stated that qualifications awarded to students at Indian campuses will be recognized and treated as equivalent to corresponding qualifications awarded by FHEI at parent campuses located in the home country.

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