India’s University Grants Commission has approved new regulations that reserve entry to foreign university partnerships solely to those who rank within the top 500 global universities. The universities who are looking to collaborate, whether it be with degrees or other programs, must be listed among the top 500 universities in the world as named by the ‘Times Higher Education’ or ‘Shanghai Jiatong University’ rankings. All collaborations must now be approved by the University Grants Commission. Furthermore, the Indian universities must have received the highest grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council or the National Board of Accreditation.
These regulations are an attempt to increase the quality of India’s higher education system. The University Grants Commission chairman, Professor Prakhash said, “We would like only quality academic institutions to establish programs here to protect students’ interests. We will issue a public notice and also put up a list on our website detailing approved institutions so that students are not duped.”
Twinning programs over the years have become very popular, both for the institutions as well as for the students. Twinning programs started in India as a way for students to complete part of their studies in India and the rest in a foreign institution. For institutions, this is a large new market to break into. Students prefer these programs as they are less expensive than studying abroad to get an international education.
Those schools who currently have a partnership and do not comply to these new guidelines have six months to meet these regulations or they will face penalties.
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