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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities to create an ‘office for international affairs’ to expand India as a global study destination as envisioned in the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The supreme higher education regulator has also asked universities to communicate pertinent data regarding the establishment of the office by February 15, 2021. The NEP 2020 has underlined broadening the reach of Indian higher education and motivates collaborations with foreign institutions, says the UGC letter.

Apart from assisting foreign students in India, the office will also be committed to attracting foreign students to Indian campuses by engaging in “brand-building” abroad.

UGC: ‘Brand-building abroad’

The ministry of education is also promoting the ‘Study In India’ initiative to attract foreign students to India. As per the UGC, the international affairs office will undertake various activities like welcoming and supporting foreign students and disseminating information related to the admission process among prospective students.

To establish itself in promotional activities and brand building campaigns abroad. Single point contact for carrying out all collaborative activities with foreign institutions and act as an understanding body between the foreign students and the sponsoring agency, reads the UGC letter.

The said body will also communicate the grievances of foreign students in all courses and help stimulate networking with fellow students along with extending all possible help to the foreign students to adapt to the new cultural environment and make their stay in India happy and enriching.

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The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his last speech at the valedictory function of the 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival also said that a setting is being created to motivate youth who were going abroad to stay.

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