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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked for ideas from stakeholders on the draft regulations on academic collaboration between Indian and foreign higher education institutions to offer a joint degree, twinning programs, and dual degrees. The stakeholders can mail their suggestions till March 5 at ugcforeigncollaboration@gmail.com.

UGC in an official notice mentioned that the budget announcement of 2021 recommended a regulatory mechanism to allow dual degrees, joint degrees, and twinning arrangements. This is also in the chain with the NEP 2020 which attempts more alliances between institutes internationally.

The official notice added that UGC constituted a Committee to phrase enabling Regulations accordingly in these regards. The design UGC (Academic collaboration between Indian and foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Program) Regulations, 2O21 are hereby positioned in the public domain.

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According to the draft guidelines, Indian higher education associations in the top 100 in University classification of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or organizations of eminence can collaborate with the top 500 organizations in QS or THE World University ranking.

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The draft guidelines state that if an Indian higher education institution subjects an advertisement that it is requesting a degree/diploma from a foreign higher education organization and if such collaboration does not have the permission of the Commission, the commission shall initiate appropriate penal action against the Indian Higher Education Institution, the Commission shall conduct a preliminary inquiry and on completion of its inquiry.

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