University Grants Commission (UGC) has formed a 5-member committee to set the framework to allow the higher education foreign universities to set up campuses in India, a step in the direction of making education open, flexible, and accessible to Indian students. UGC has made it clear that only those universities would be allowed to collaborate under this program which rank in the top 500. All the committee members are said to have strong academic and legal backgrounds. The aim is to promote research, science, and technology through such collaboration. This is a significant step to ‘Internationalize the higher education’ in India.
Quality higher education is the dream of many students in India, and the foreign universities are the top destinations for the same. Even though foreign universities attract students, affordability is a big challenge for many students.
In recent times, government bodies in the education sector have been focusing on making education accessible and flexible, thus framing the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020. In the similar light, the Dual Degree program was also launched on 12th April 2022 which will allow students to pursue two degrees simultaneously in different courses and from different universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. However, the students can not pursue one course at undergraduate level and another course at postgraduate level.
“The idea is to create an ecosystem to enable global educational institutions to set up campuses in India, particularly in emerging areas including Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science,” said M Jagadesh Kumar, the chairman of UGC. The collaboration of Indian universities with their foreign counterparts will give the necessary thrust to push the quality of education in India. This will also lead to a rise in the foreign universities which will offer dual degrees with Indian universities under the Dual Degree program. Thus, these two proposals which came in April would complement each other- joint degrees and the setting up of campuses in India through the tie-ups between Indian and Foreign universities.
On paper, the two proposals do look promising for the students in India. However, only time will tell how successful these proposals would be. The practicality and the implementation would show the results and if these would be beneficial for the students in the coming time or not.
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