49 foreign universities interested in tie-ups – Regulator

At least 49 overseas universities have expressed interest in collaborating with Indian universities academically, University Grants Commission (UGC) chief M Jagadesh Kumar said on Sunday 6 November, writes Fareeha Iftikhar for the Hindustan Times.

Several of these universities are preparing their memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for the collaborations, Kumar said. “The UGC is proactively contacting these universities. Several universities are in the process of preparing the MoUs. These processes involve discussions and approvals within the university statutory bodies. Therefore, let us give them time to work on these matters,” he said.

In May, the India’s higher education regulator had allowed academic collaborations between Indian and foreign higher education institutions to offer three types of degree programmes – dual (where both colleges award the degree in the same subject) and joint and twinning (where part of the course is completed overseas with the upper limit being 30% in twinning programmes and the lower limit being 30% in joint programmes). The regulator has also identified 230 Indian and 1,256 foreign higher education institutions that fulfil the eligibility criteria for these collaborations.
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