New Delhi, Sept. 25: The University Grants Commission has drawn up rules to facilitate collaboration between Indian and foreign institutions so they can offer joint academic programmes.
The UGC (Promotion and Maintenance of Standards of Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Educational Institutions) Regulations 2012 have been notified in the Gazette of India.
Under the regulations, foreign institutions accredited with highest grades in their countries can collaborate with those in India having at least B-grade accreditation from the National Accreditation and Assessment Council. Every collaboration will have to be approved by the UGC.
Students will be enrolled into the Indian institution that will also grant them degrees, but the certificate would have the logo of both institutions. Partnering institutions can share faculty and study resources. Students can visit the campus of a partnering university for a brief period.
So far, the UGC did not have any framework to facilitate collaboration between Indian and foreign institutions. But over 600 foreign institutes are operating in India, according to a report by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
Under the regulations, all existing operations of foreign institutions have to be approved by the UGC.
According to the AIU report, the number of foreign education providers has gone up from 144 in 2000 to 631 in 2010. Over 400 foreign institutions are operating from their home campuses through a liaisoning office in India and mostly provide distance education.
Such institutions may now not be able to function as the regulations do not allow operations through franchise or liaisoning mode.
The UGC will put up details of all approved collaborations on its website. It will ask students not to take admission in unapproved team-ups.
The All India Council of Technical Education has put in place regulations for collaboration between institutions offering technical education. But the response has been negligible in the last eight years. Only seven foreign institutions have collaborated with domestic ones under these regulations, a council official said.
The HRD ministry will ask states to take action against foreign institutions that continue to operate without UGC approval, an official said.