Indian students will no longer have to travel abroad to get foreign education.
Foreign education is no longer a distant dream. All thanks to the University Grants Commission (UGC) which is inviting foreign universities to set up their campuses in the country. This new development falls under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Every year, thousands of Indian students travel abroad for their higher studies. This further results in a massive outflow of the country's capital. Bringing in foreign institutes to India will prevent that while allowing students to fulfil their dream of studying under a foreign banner.
The UGC Chairman, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar while discussing the draft shared that universities that have secured a position within the top 500 subject-wise or overall in global rankings will be able to set up their campuses in India. Those who have secured subject-wise ranking will be able to offer the same subjects in India. However, universities who didn't participate in global rankings but are reputed universities in their home country will also be considered.
During his announcement, the UGC chairman cleared that all the foreign universities will have their own admission policies and the UGC will have no say in it. The universities and institutions will have their own process for admissions for students on their Indian campuses. (how to deal with competitive exam failure)
The foreign universities setting their campuses in India will be deciding the fee structure for Indian students. However, as per the draft shared by the UGC, the fee structure should be reasonable and transparent.
No scholarships will be provided to the students by the Indian government who will be taking admissions in the foreign university campuses. However, the universities and institutes themselves might offer full or partial/need-based scholarships to their students from funds like tuition revenues, and alumni donations among others.
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Foreign institutes will be offering undergraduate, post-graduation post-doctoral, award degrees, diplomas and certificates among other programmes to Indian students.
The UGC chairman shared that all the foreign universities coming to India will have to set up campuses and offer offline programmes. No university or institute will be allowed to offer education through online or open and distance learning modes.Foreign Universities Faculty
According to the UGC draft, the institutes and universities will recruit faculty and staff from India and abroad following the recruitment norms. The universities will decide the qualifications, salary and other terms ahead of appointing the faculty and staff. However, as per the rules shared in the draft, the qualifications of the faculty should be at par with the main campus of the country of origin. Also, the foreign faculty appointed by the institute to teach in India will have to stay at the campus for a fair period.
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Once the draft regulation is finalised and notified by the government, foreign institutes and universities will be able to begin their operations in the country. It is expected that the same begins in the first of this year. Once it begins, UGC will start the application process. After the universities get their approval, they will be given two years to set up their campus. If needed, they will also be given time extension from UGC.
All the foreign universities and institutes will be granted permission for ten years initially. The institutes can later apply for a renewal, however, it should be done at least one year before the expiry of the approved period.
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