The University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted the rules for joint/dual degree and twinning programs. It has been entered into the public domain for feedback. A final decision will be taken after evaluating the responses. Under this, now Indian and foreign higher education institutions will soon be able to start these programs.
In fact, according to this draft, UGC Regulations 2021, India’s higher educational institutions can collaborate with foreign educational institutions to make twinning arrangements for credit recognition and transfer. These rules, however, will not apply to programs in online and open and distance learning modes.
The draft states that anyone with a minimum 3.01 score with accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) / placing in the top 100 in the university category of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) / Institution of Eminence status Indian institutions can automatically collaborate with a foreign institution that ranks in the top 500 of the Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings. At the same time, other Indian institutions will have to get approval from UGC before collaborating.
This draft prepared by the UGC also mentions that students seeking admission in the dual degree program will have to fulfill the degree requirements of Indian and foreign institutions.
Only then will both institutions be able to offer separate or joint degrees. Also, any degree or diploma awarded based on this collaboration will be equal to the degree awarded by the Indian Institute of Higher Education. Thereafter, there will be no need to obtain an equivalent from any authority.